The 25-year-old athlete finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics and held the world record for the 10 km.
Kenyan runner Agnes Tirop, a two-time 10,000-meter bronze medalist at the world championships and gold medalist at the 2015 world cross-country championships, was found dead at her home in the high-altitude training center in ‘Iten, in western Kenya, and her death could be a homicide, as she suffered stab wounds, Kenyan sports officials said. Tirop, 25, had recently finished fourth in the 5,000-meter race at the Tokyo Olympics. She was considered a rising star in athletics in her country.
In September, she had set a world record in the particular context of a women’s 10 km road race in Herzogenaurach, Germany. She won in 30:01, subtracting twenty-eight seconds from the record held by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui since 2002.
She finished third at the 2017 World Championships in London and 2019 in Doha. “Kenya lost a diamond who was one of the fastest growing athletes on the international stage thanks to her remarkable performances on the track”, lamented Athletics Kenya in a statement.