Agnes Jebet Tirop, a world record holder and Tokyo Olympics hero, was found stabbed to death in her Kenyan home.
Tirop’s death was verified by Barnaba Korir, the chair of Athletics Kenya, and comes only weeks after her world-record-breaking race at the Road To Records event in Germany, where she beat the women’s 10 kilometer mark held by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002 by a whopping 28 seconds.
Her death is thought to have occurred at Iten, a high-altitude training region in Western Kenya, with local authorities investigating the circumstances.
“Thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track, Kenya has lost a treasure who was one of the fastest rising athletics giants on the international stage,” said Athletics Kenya.
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“Tirop was discovered deceased at their Iten house. We’re still looking into the circumstances surrounding her death.” “I call on our law enforcement agencies, led by the [National Police Service of Kenya], to track down and apprehend the culprits guilty for Agnes’ death so that they can face the full force of the law,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta continued.
Tirop’s spouse was allegedly involved in her death, according to a report by RunnersWorld and a press release from Athletics Kenya.
Agnes Jebet Tirop, a Kenyan sprinter who competed in the 5000m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, was found dead in her home with stab wounds to her abdomen. She was only ten days away from turning 26. Queen, may you rest in peace! pic.twitter.com/dbqACcTUG6 What a tragic afternoon for the entire country, our national treasure Agnes Jebet Tirop was discovered dead just days before her 26th birthday on October 23rd. Someone chose to take her life because she was young, enthusiastic, and patriotic. May her soul be at ease. pic.twitter.com/vbr0Kx7ekq Tirop was one of Kenya’s most promising female athletes, and her tragedy has reverberated throughout the sport.
Tirop won bronze medals at the 10,000m World Championships in 2017 and 2019 in addition to her fourth-place result in the Tokyo Olympics.
Another highlight of her career was the gold she won at the World Cross Country Championships six years ago, making her the second-youngest medalist in that event’s history.
On Twitter, sports journalist Usher Komugisha wrote in big letters, “Heartbreaking.”
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