Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-times World Championship bronze medallist, was discovered stabbed to demise at her house, Athletics Kenya mentioned on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old represented Kenya within the 5,000m occasion on the Tokyo Olympics and completed fourth within the finals.
“Tirop was discovered lifeless at their house in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We’re nonetheless working to unearth extra particulars surrounding her demise,” Athletics Kenya mentioned in an announcement.
Native police mentioned Tirop’s husband was a suspect.
“We obtained a message from the household of Tirop’s husband that the husband had phoned the mother and father whereas crying and asking that God forgive him as there’s something unhealthy he had executed,” Tom Makori, Keiyo North Sub County Police Commander, advised the private-owned NTV Kenya Tv. “When police went to Tirop’s home they discovered her in mattress with blood underneath the mattress and lots of it on the ground. When police regarded on the physique, it regarded like she had been stabbed on the neck with what we suspect to be a knife.”
Final month, Tirop smashed the women-only 10km world file in Germany, crossing the road in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds from the earlier file held by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui from 2002. Tirop gained bronze medals on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships within the 10,000m, and likewise gained the 2015 World Cross Nation Championships.
“It’s much more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully misplaced her younger life by means of a prison act perpetuated by egocentric and cowardly individuals,” Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta mentioned in an announcement. “I urge our legislation enforcement companies led by the Nationwide Police Service to trace down and apprehend the criminals liable for the killing of Agnes.”