Agnes Tirop: Kenyan world record holder was found dead after alleged stabbing

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According to the country’s sports agency, Tirop was found dead at her home in Iten after “allegedly stabbed”.

Local reports stated that Tirop was found dead from a stabbing in the abdomen.

The Kenya Athletics Association said it was “still working to uncover more details about her death.”

Tirop’s agent Gianni Demadonna also confirmed her death to CNN via email.

When contacted by CNN, the Kenyan track team did not immediately make further comments.

Agnes Tirop in the 5,000-meter preliminaries of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 25-year-old won a bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

Last month, Tirop made history with 28 seconds in the Adizero Road To Records event held in Germany, breaking the historic women’s 10 km world record.

Tirop finished the game with a score of 30:01, breaking the 30:29 record set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.

After the game, she said: “I am very happy to break the world record. I think the speed is very good. The track is also very good.”

At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tirop became the second youngest woman’s gold medal winner after Zola Bard.

The Kenya Athletics Association stated that the country “lost a gem and she is one of the fastest-growing track and field giants on the international stage, thanks to her compelling performance.”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also paid tribute and said in a statement: “We have lost a young and promising athlete who brought us to our country at the age of 25. So much has been gained through her achievements on the global track and field arena, including this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she was a member of the Kenyan team of Japan.”

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