Kenya’s 5,000m Women’s representative to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Agnes Tirop has been found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County. she had stab wounds in the abdomen according to local media.
Reports say the former World Cross Country junior runner was found by neighbors who had gone to check on her after altercations in her home on Tuesday night.
She also competed in the 10000 meters and actually won bronze in 2017 and 2019 World Championships
Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Athletics Kenya Executive Committee Member confirmed her death on Wednesday.”We cannot say anything for now because no one is yet to come to terms with this death. She was still very young with a great promise in her long distance career,”
Ms Tirop was due to celebrate her 25th birthday in ten days, reports have indicated.
According to neighbors,Tirop and her husband who is a police officer, have on several occasions had fights and their relationship has been a sour one. They said there was an altercation on Tuesday night at their home. It’s also said the athlete had stab wounds in her abdomen and was already dead when they got to the scene.
The husband has also disappeared and his phone allegedly switched off.
In his condolence message, Barnabas Korir the Athletics Kenya Director of Competitions said the Athletics fraternity had lost a resilient athlete whose progression from junior ranks to the senior had been well documented owing to the many feats she accomplished.