Agnes Jebet Tirop, a Kenyan long-distance runner and world bronze medalist, was found stabbed to death at her house, with her husband cited as a suspect in the murder probe by local police.
On Wednesday morning, Athletics Kenya released a statement stating that she was discovered in her home in Iten, a town in western Kenya where many athletes train.
According to Tom Makori, the area’s police chief, “When officers got in the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor.
They saw she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death.
“Tirop’s husband is still at large, and preliminary investigations tell us her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop.”
Tirop earned gold at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships and bronze at the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships in the 10,000m.
Tirop shattered the women-only 10km world record in Germany last month, crossing the finish line in 30:01, shaving 28 seconds off the previous mark set by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.