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Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, who represented her country at the recent Tokyo Olympic Games, died at the age of 25, the country’s railway association confirmed.
World record holder Agnes Tirop, 25, has been found dead at her home in Kenya.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 13, 2021
In a statement released Wednesday, Athletics Kenya (AK) said Tirop was found dead in her Iten home in western Kenya after being “allegedly stabbed”.
According to local reports, Tirop was found dead with stab wounds in the abdomen and her husband was missing.
Athletics Kenya said she “was still working on getting more details about her death”.
The 25-year-old won bronze in the 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and finished fourth in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Games.
Last month Tirop made history by breaking the women’s 10km world record by 28 seconds at the Adizero Road To Records event in Germany.
Tirop finished the race in 30:01 and broke the previous record of 30:29 set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
After the race you said: “I am very happy to have broken the world record. I found the pace to be good. The course was also very good. ”
At the 2015 IAAF Cross Country Championships, Tirop became the second youngest gold medalist in women’s racing after Zola Budd.
Athletics Kenya said the country “has lost a jewel which, thanks to its captivating performances, has been one of the fastest growing athletics giants on the international scene”.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also paid tribute to this, stating in a statement: “It is disturbing, absolutely regrettable and very sad that we have lost a promising young athlete who, at 25, made our country so famous … thank you. to his fame for Heroism on the world stage of athletics, also at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where he was part of the Kenya team in Japan “.