Kenyan Agnes Jebet Tirop, a female world record holder of 10 kilometers en route, was found dead on Wednesday morning at her home, according to Athletics Kenya, the main regulatory body for athletics in this African nation.
“Tirop was found dead in her home in Iten after allegedly being stabbed by her husband. We are still working to discover more details about his disappearance, “said the agency through a statement released in Twitter.
Tirop set a new world record of 10 kilometers on the road on September 12 in Herzogenaurach (Germany), with a time of 30:01, reducing by 29 seconds the universal record of this test (only with women in competition) that he had since on June 8, 2002, at 30:29, the Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui.
The 25-year-old athlete had also won two bronze medals in the 10,000 meters of the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships and was proclaimed winner of the 2018 Cross de Itálica women’s event.
In addition, Tirop was part of the Kenyan team for the Tokyo Olympics this year, where he was left out of the 5000-meter podium by just a little after finishing in fourth position behind the Dutch Sifan Hassan, the Kenyan Hellen Obiri and the Ethiopian. Gudaf Tsegay.
“Kenya lost a jewel that was one of the fastest-rising athletic giants on the international stage, thanks to its striking performances on the track,” Athletics Kenya said in its statement.
They suspect Agnes Tirop’s husband
A North Keiyo police officer, Tom Makori, admitted to the AFP agency that the possible relationship with the events of the victim’s husband, Emmanuel Rotich, is being investigated.
“Can you explain to us what happened. The suspect made a call to Tirop’s parents assuring that he had done something wrong, so we think you know what happenedMakori explained.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also paid tribute to the champion: “It is disturbing, extremely sad to lose an athlete so promising and so young that, at the age of 25, she had already brought glory to our country for her successes on the track.” .
“Her death is even more difficult to fit in because Agnes, a Kenyan heroine, has been the victim of a cowardly and selfish criminal act,” he lamented in a statement.
Last Saturday, another 35-year-old long-distance athlete Hosea Mwok Macharinyang, a member of the team that broke the world cross-country record, also died, although police attribute it to suicide.
Disclaimer: This article is generated from the feed and not edited by our team.