NAIROBI– Grief and mourning have shunned the Kenyan sports fraternity after athlete Agnes Tirop who won bronze in the 10,000m Women’s race at the Tokyo Olympics was found dead at their home in Iten.
It is alleged that Tirop could have been stabbed by her husband.
Just last month, Tirop broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01.
Last week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon.
Tirop’s decorated CV also includes a World Cross Country title in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.
She also won the Africa Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Kenya’s Athletics Federation says they have lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage whom they are grateful of her eye-catching performances on the track.
“We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time” Kenyan sports fraternity mourns.