Kenya’s 5,000m women’s representative to Tokyo Olympics Agnes Tirop is dead. Tirop was on Wednesday, October 13 found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Her abdomen had been stabbed, according to reports. The Iten police station forensic team and police officers are on the scene right now.
Unconfirmed reports claim that her estranged husband committed the heinous crime.
As soon as the tragic news was confirmed, Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jackson Tuwei expressed his shock, saying that Kenya had lost a jewel in the sport.
We were shocked to learn of the death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop, and our hearts go out to her family.
Her husband allegedly stabbed her to death and then left their Iten home to find her body. We’re still looking for information on how she died.
Her eye-catching track performances made her one of Kenya’s fastest-rising athletics giants, according to an AK statement: “Kenya has lost a jewel.”
Earlier this month, Tirop ran 30:01 for the first-place finish in the women’s 10km race at the Road to Records Race in Germany.
She came in second place with a time of 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon last weekend.
As for Tirop’s impressive resume, it includes a 2015 World Cross Country title, which made her the second-youngest medalist in the event’s history.
It’s worth noting that she also took home gold at the Africa Cross Country Championships in 2014, where she represented Uganda; and the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013, where she represented Poland.
Our prayers are with your family and friends during this difficult time,” AK said in a statement.