Kenyan Olympic runner and two-time world championship bronze medalist Agnes Tirop was discovered lifeless at her dwelling Wednesday with stab wounds and her husband was lacking and needed for questioning, police mentioned.
Elgeyo Marakwet County police chief Tom Makori mentioned they had been looking for Tirop’s husband after his household reported he had phoned them crying and asking for God’s forgiveness for one thing he had completed.
“There are revelations which came from her husband’s family,” Makori mentioned.
The 25-year-old Tirop was discovered lifeless at her dwelling in Iten in western Kenya, a city famend as a coaching base for distance runners. Kenyan media reported she was discovered with stab wounds in her stomach and neck.
Tirop’s automobile, which was parked outdoors the house, had its windscreen and home windows smashed, which may point out a home dispute earlier than she was killed, police mentioned.
Kenya’s National Police Service mentioned Tirop was the sufferer of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and comprehensive investigations.”
The Kenyan monitor federation had earlier mentioned Tirop, one in all her nation’s rising stars, had allegedly been stabbed by her husband but it surely was nonetheless working to uncover particulars of the incident.
“Kenya has lost a jewel,” Athletics Kenya mentioned.
Tirop gained bronze medals within the ladies’s 10,000 meters on the 2017 and 2019 world championships and completed fourth within the 5,000 meters on the Tokyo Olympics. Just final month, Tirop broke the world document within the women-only 10-kilometer highway race in Germany.
Her profession took off when she gained the world cross-country title in 2015 on the age of 19 to turn out to be the second youngest champion ever within the occasion.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged police “to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes.”
“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete,” Kenyatta mentioned in a press release. “It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people.”
International monitor governing physique World Athletics mentioned it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Tirop’s dying.
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