Agnes Tirop, Kenya’s world record holder and two-time bronze medalist at the world championships, was found dead at her home.
When it came time for the 5,000m final at the Tokyo Olympics, Kenya’s 25-year-old distance runner finished fourth in 14:39.62.
Athletics Kenya stated that it was still investigating the incident, but that it had been made aware of Tirop’s death as of the time of publication.
“We are still working to find out more details surrounding her death,” the ruling body said.
Her eye-catching performances on the track helped propel her to international athletics giantdom. Kenya has lost a gem.
In Germany last month, Tirop broke the women’s 10km world record, finishing in 30:01, shaving 28 seconds off the previous mark set by Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco in 2002.
During the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, Tirop took home bronze in the 10,000m, and he also took home the gold at the World Cross Country Championships in 2015.
- Tirop: Ibraheem Al Omari/Reuters