14 October 2021

Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop found dead in her home.

Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-time world championships bronze medallist, has been found dead at her home, the country’s track federation has said.

Athletics Kenya said on Wednesday (13th) it had been informed of Tirop’s death. She was 25.

Kenyan media reported she was found with stab wounds in her abdomen and neck.

Kenya’s National Police Service said Tirop was the victim of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and comprehensive investigations”.

Tirop won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000 metres at the 2017 and 2019 world championships and finished fourth in the 5,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics.

Her career took off when she won the world cross-country title in 2015 at the age of 19 to become the second-youngest champion ever.

Her home in Iten, western Kenya, is a town renowned as a training base for distance runners.

International track governing body World Athletics said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Tirop’s death.

Source: www.aljazeera.com



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