World Championship 10,000m medalist Agnes Tirop was found stabbed to death at her home.

The 25-year-old was found dead in her house with stab wounds to her abdomen. A statement from Athletics Kenya read ‘Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband.’

Tirop had set a new record for women only 10km last month. In 2017 and 2019, Agnes had won bronze medals in the 10,000 championships. And in 2015 she had won the World Cross Country Championships.

Her win in 2015 at 29 years old made her the second-youngest winner of the women’s race ever after Zola Budd. Tirop had also traveled the world winning medals with Kenya, claiming bronze in the 5,000m at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in 2012 and winning gold in the junior team race at the World Cross Country Championships in Poland the following year.

The deceased had also represented Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics this year in the 5,000m where she finished fourth on 2nd August.

Police and the forensic team are currently at the scene.

Athletics Kenya has expressed the shock in receiving news of her demise.

Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop. 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. 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…We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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