Kenya’s world athletic record holder, Agnes Jebet Tirop has been found dead at her home. The news of her demise has thrown the athletic world, especially Africans into a state of mourning.
In a statement announcing her sudden death, Kenya’s athletic body stated that, “Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop,”
“We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise. Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.” The association further added.
The sad incident was equally confirmed by the Kenyan Police which disclosed that investigation is currently ongoing to determine the actual cause of death as the deceased was found with knife wounds inflicted on her body.
Agnes Jebet Tirop broke the world record in a 10km road race just last month in Germany crossing the line in 30:01. Previously, she finished fourth in the 5000-meter race at the just concluded Tokyo Olympics a few months ago where Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay got the bronze medal by a difference of 75 seconds ahead of her.
Tirop had been a two-time World Athletics Championship medalist in 2017 and 2019 respectively. She came into limelight in 2015 at the age of 19 where she participated in the World Cross Country Championship and became the second youngest winner of the women’s race in the history of athletics.