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Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop reportedly stabbed to death by her husband

By Ranjit
Agnes Tirop

Bengaluru, October 14: Kenyan's two-time World Championship bronze medallist Agnes Tirop was found stabbed to death at her home, Athletics Kenya confirmed.

The 25-year-old long-distance runner represented Kenya in the 5,000M event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and finished fourth in the finals after clocking 14:39.62.

"Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We're still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise," Athletics Kenya said in a statement.

Local police said Tirop's husband was a suspect, according to multiple media reports.

"When (police) got in the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor," Tom Makori, head of police in Keiyo North sub-county, was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"They saw she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that's what caused her death.

"Her husband is still at large and preliminary investigations tell us her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop."

Accordng to local media reports, Tirop was found dead with stab wounds in her abdomen.

Last month, Tirop smashed the women-only 10km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 to shave 28sec from the previous record held by Morocco's Asmae Leghzaoui from 2002.

Following the race, she said: "I'm so happy to have broken the world record. I felt the pace was good. The course was very good, too."

Tirop won bronze medals at the 2017 (London) and 2019 (Doha) Athletics World Championships in the 10,000M, and also won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

"It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people," Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement.

"I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes."

(With inputs from Agencies)

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Story first published: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 11:23 [IST]
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