The athlete was found dead, stabbed at the level of the abdomen, at his home in Iten, famous altitude training center in western Kenya.
She had beaten a month ago the world record 10 km in an exclusively female race, in 30 minutes, in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Agnes Tirop, the rising star of Kenyan athletics, twice world medalist over 10,000 m and 4 e from the Tokyo Olympics on 5,000 m, has been found dead, stabbed at the level of The abdomen, at his home in Iten, famous altitude training center in western Kenya, announced, Wednesday, October 13, Kenyan sports officials.
She won the bronze of the World 10,000 m in 2017 and 2019, and had become Cross-Country World Champion in 2015. “Kenya lost a diamond who was one of the athletes to progress. Faster on the international scene thanks to its remarkable performance on the track, “lamented the Kenyan Athletics Federation in a statement. “We continue to work to elucidate the circumstances of his death,” says the press release.
Tom Makori, police commander in Keiyo District, said Emmanuel Rotish, Agnes Tirop’s husband, was sought after. “He can tell us what happened, said the policeman. The suspect has a call to Tirop’s parents to tell them that he had done something wrong. So we think he knows what s ‘went. “
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, also paid tribute to the champion:
“It is upsetting, extremely unhappy and sad to lose an athlete so promising and so young who, at 25, had already brought glory to our country by its exploits on the track.”
“His death is all the more difficult to cash that acts, heroin of Kenya, was the victim of a loose and selfish criminal act,” he regrets in a statement.