Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Jebet Tirop is dead.
Tirop, 25, who represented Kenya in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, was found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, on Wednesday, 13th October.
According to reports, Tirop had stab wounds in the abdomen.
Athletics Kenya has issued a statement saying that Tirop’s husband is suspected to be behind her killing.
“Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop. Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband,” said Athletics Kenya.
“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.”
Her death comes just a month after she broke the only-women record in a 10km race at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01.
Last week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:02 at the Valencia Half Marathon.
She represented Kenya in Tokyo Olympics 5,000 meters women’s race and emerged fourth in the finals after clocking 14:36:62.
In 2019, Tirop was the year’s World 5,000 meters bronze medalist.
She won the African Cross Country Championships in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championships in 2013, Bydgoszcz, Poland.
She also won the 2015 senior World Cross Country title during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.