World record-holding Kenyan athlete found dead
A Kenyan athlete who is currently the world women champion in the 10-kilometer race and a world bronze medallist in 10,000 meters race has died.
The 25-year-old Agnes Tirop was found dead in her rural home in Iten, Kenya’s Elgeyo-Marakwet County, on Wednesday morning, the Standard reported.
According to Athletics Kenya, Tirop was found with stab wounds, which insinuates that her death may be from a suspected homicide.
‘‘Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise,’’ the athletics body noted in a press statement.
It then went ahead to express sorrow terming the athlete’s death as a huge blow to the country and the athletics fraternity.
“Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track,” it further noted.
The Kenyan police have launched an investigation into her death.
Tirop held the record of winning the 10km Road to Records Race in Germany which she finished under a time code of 30:01.
She also finished second in the Valencia Half Marathon under the timeframe of 30:20 in the past few weeks.
The Athletics Kenya states of her record: ‘‘Tirop’s decorated CV also includes a World Cross Country title in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.
“She also won the Africa Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland’’.