Kenyan Olympian Found Dead, Husband Is Suspect in Stabbing

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Kenyan Olympic runner and two-time world championship bronze medalist Agnes Tirop was found dead at her home Wednesday with stab wounds and her husband was missing and wanted for questioning, police said. The Washington PostKenyan runner Agnes Tirop found dead, police hunt husband

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Kenya’s National Police Service gave no more details on Tirop’s death other than to say it was investigating.

“NPS wishes to assure the public of speedy and comprehensive investigations into the heinous crime,” it said.

The Kenyan track federation had earlier said the 25-year-old distance runner, one of her country’s rising stars, had allegedly been stabbed by her husband. Athletics Kenya said it was still working to uncover details of the incident and paid tribute to Tirop.

“Kenya has lost a jewel,” the federation said.

Tirop won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000 meters at the 2017 and 2019 world championships and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics. Just last month, Tirop broke the world record in the women-only 10-kilometer road race in Germany.

Her career took off when she won the world cross-country title in 2015 at the age of 19 to become the second youngest champion ever in the event.

Tirop was found dead at her home in Iten in western Kenya, a town renowned as a training base for distance runners. Kenyan media reported she was found with stab wounds in her abdomen and neck and her husband was missing. Kenyan police were now searching for him for questioning, the reports said.

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 said in a statement. “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 track governing body World Athletics said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Tirop’s death.

Uhuru mourns Tirop, orders police to track down her killers

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resident Uhuru Kenyatta has joined Kenya's athletics fraternity in mourning Olympian Agnes Jebet Tirop who was found dead in her house in Iten town, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday.

Agnes Tirop, 25, was part of the triumphant Kenyan contingent to this year's delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she represented the country in the 5,000m race and finished 4th in the final.

In a message of condolence and comfort to the family, friends, relatives, and the athletics fraternity, the President mourned Agnes as a Kenyan hero and champion whose death is a big blow to the country's sporting ambitions and profile.

"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," the President eulogised.

"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," the President said, and directed the police to hasten the search and apprehension of the athlete's killers.

"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," the Head of State directed.

According to local media reports, the lifeless body of Agnes, a 2019 World 5000m bronze medalist and 2015 senior Cross Country champion, was found in her Iten house with stab wounds in the abdomen.

The Head of State, who is out of the country on an official visit of the US, prayed for God's grace and calm for the family, friends, relatives and supporters of Agnes Tirop as they come to terms with the athlete's shocking death.

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