Kenya World Record Holder and Olympic Athlete, Agnes Tirop Found Stabbed to Death

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Kenya's governing body for the sport of athletics reported on Wednesday that a professional long-distance runner who competed in the Tokyo Olympics this year was discovered stabbed to death at her house.

Agnes Tirop, a two-time World Championship bronze medalist, was discovered dead on Oct. 13 at her Iten house in Elgeyo Marakwet County, according to Athletics Kenya. She was stabbed in the abdomen, according to local sources.

“Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband,” the organization said.

“We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time.”

“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,” it added.

Kenyan officials have initiated a criminal inquiry into her death, claiming that her spouse has vanished.

"working to unearth more details surrounding her demise," Athletics Kenya said.

Tirop broke the women's-only 10,000-meter world record in Germany last month, crossing the finish line in 30:01, shaving 28 seconds off the previous mark set by Morocco's Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.

At the age of 19, the Olympic runner also earned bronze medals in the 10,000-meter event in the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, as well as gold at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

She progressed to the final of the women's 5,000-meter event in the Olympic Games in Tokyo two months ago, where she finished fourth.

On Oct. 13, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a long letter of sympathy and consolation to Tirop's family, friends, and the sports community, as well as urging the police to expedite the hunt for and arrest of the athlete's assassins.

“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, she had brought our country so much glory through her exploits on the global athletics stage including in this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she was part of the Kenyan team in Japan,” Kenyatta eulogized.

“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetrated by selfish and cowardly people,” he added.

I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law,” directed the president, who is currently out of the country to meet with President Joe Biden in Washington on Thursday.

The encounter with an African leader in the White House will be Biden's first as president.

The two will address "efforts to defend democracy and human rights, advance peace and security, accelerate economic growth, and tackle climate change," according to White House spokesman Jen Psaki.

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