Olympian Agnes Tirop Found Dead With Stab Wounds.
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.
According to reports, she had stab wounds in the abdomen.
Police together with the forensic team from Iten police station are currently at the scene.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the heinous act was done by her estranged husband.
Athletics Kenya (AK) through president Jackson Tuwei has immediately expressed shock upon confirmation of the sad news, saying Kenya has lost a jewel in the sport.
“AK is distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop. She 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.
“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,” read part of AK’s statement.
Just last month, Tirop broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01.
Last week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon.
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.
“We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time,” condoled AK