At her house in Kenya, an Olympic athlete and World medalist who finished fourth in the 5,000m event in Tokyo was found stabbed to death.

Agnes Tirop(pictured in 2019)

According to local sources, Agnes Tirop, 25, was discovered with stab wounds to her abdomen at her home in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, on Wednesday.

While authorities examine the circumstances surrounding her death, a crime scene has been set up at her home.

The young long-distance sprinter competed for Kenya in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, finishing fourth in a season’s best time of 14:39.62, just missing out on a bronze medal.

On September 12, she achieved a new world record in the women-only 10km race at the Road To Records event in Germany, crossing the finish line at 30:01, a timing that was 28 seconds faster than the previous record.

‘I am extremely delighted to break the world record,’ she remarked after the event. The pace was fast, but I felt like my body was keeping up.’

Tirop got to the final of the women’s 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, where she finished fourth.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the gold medal, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri coming in second and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay coming in third in a time of 14:38.87, less than a second behind Tirop.

She also won bronze medals in the 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, and gold at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships when she was only 19 years old.

Barnaba Korir, the chairperson of Athletics Kenya in the Nairobi Region, announced her tragic death.

Barnaba Korir confirmed the death of Agnes Tirop

‘Athletics Kenya is devastated this afternoon to learn about the unexpected death of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop,’ he said in a poignant post on social media.

Tirop was found dead at their Iten house after her husband reportedly stabbed her. We’re still looking into the circumstances surrounding her death.

‘Thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track, Kenya has lost a treasure who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage.’

She set a new women-only record in the women’s 10km in the Road to Records Race in Germany last month, clocking in at 30:01.

Women’s 10,000 Metres Final – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – September 28, 2019, Athletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019.Kenya’s Rosemary Obiri and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri Monica Wanjiru and Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya in action. Photo credit: Alamy Stock Photo

She ran the Valencia Half Marathon last week and came in second with a time of 30:20.

Tirop’s impressive resume also includes a World Cross Country title in 2015, when she became the second-youngest medalist in the event’s history.

‘In 2014, she won the Africa Cross Country Championship in Kampala, Uganda, and the World Junior Cross Country Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland.’ We pray that God would give family and friends strength during this difficult time.’


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