Agnes Tirop, 25, a Kenyan long-distance runner who represented her country at the recent Tokyo Olympics has been found dead in her home in Iten.
This announcement is made by Athletics Kenya (AK) on Wednesday 13 October 2021.
According to the country’s athletics, Tirop was found dead in her home “allegedly stabbed”.
Athletics Kenya reports that it is still on the quest to unravel the mystery behind Tirop’s death.
Tirop’s agent — Gianni Demadonna — also confirmed her passing by e-mail to CNN.
Athletics Kenya said the country had “lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances.”
The Kenyan international athlete made history by taking 28 seconds off the long-standing, women-only world record for 10km at the Adizero Road To Records event in Germany.
She finished in a time of 30:01 breaking the previous record of 30:29 which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
“I’m so happy to have broken the world record. I felt the pace was good. The course was very good, too,” Tirop had said after the race.
Agnes Tirop, 25, won bronze medals in the 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and finished 4th in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Games.
At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tirop became the second-youngest ever gold medalist in the women’s race after Zola Budd.