25-year -old Kenyan Olympic Star and world medalist, Agnes Jebet Tirop has been found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County earlier.
The 5,ooom star’s death has been confirmed by Barnaba Korir, the chairperson of Athletics Kenya in Nairobi Region after she was found with a stab wound in her abdomen.
Reports state that she was found in her house with stab wounds to her abdomen, with a statement from Athletics Kenya reading: ‘Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise.’
Statement from Athletics Kenya:
Tirop had set a new women-only 10km world record just last month in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01, saying: ‘I am so happy to break the world record. The pace was tough but I felt my body was responding well.’
The distance-runner represented Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics this summer in the 5,000m, where she finished fourth on 2 August this year.
She narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal despite running a season best time of 14:39.62 in the 5,000m, with Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay crossing in 14:38.87.
Tirop’s triumph at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships at just 19-years-old made her the second-youngest winner of the women’s race ever, behind the legendary Zola Budd.
Tirop had travelled the world winning medals with Kenya, claiming bronze in the 5,000m at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in 2012 and winning gold in the junior team race at the World Cross Country Championships in Poland the following year.
Her Cross County glory in 2015 came in Guiyang, China, before World Championship medals in the UK and Qatar.