Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT | Olympian and World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Jebet Tirop has been found murdered today.
Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband, according to a statement from the Kenyan athletics governing body.
“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. We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time,” the Athletics Kenya said in a statement.
Just last month, she broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01. Last week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon.
Tirop’s decorated CV also includes a World Cross Country title in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.
She also won the Africa Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.