Kenya’s Long-Distance World Championship Bronze Medallist Tirop, Found Allegedly Stabbed to Death
The husband of long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-times World Championship bronze medalist who was found dead at her home has been arrested Kenyan police said on Thursday.
Athletics Kenya on Wednesday said “Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband.”
Police said on Wednesday that Tirop appeared to have been stabbed in the neck with a knife.
The 25-year-old represented Kenya in the 5,000m event at the Tokyo Olympics and finished fourth in the finals.
In September, she broke the women-only 10km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 to cut 28 seconds from the previous record held by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui from 2002.
In early October, Tirop, finished second in the Giants Geneva 10K race.
At the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, Tirop won bronze medals in the 10,000m, and also won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.
Police said they had arrested Ibrahim Rotich in the coastal city of Mombasa, hours after pleading with him to surrender.
“The suspect has been arrested today evening and is in custody at Changamwe police station in Coast Region,” Tom Makori, sub county police commander for Keiyo North, told the media.
“I can confirm now we have main suspect in our custody.”
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations said on Twitter that Rotich was arrested after ramming his car into a lorry, saying he was trying to flee the country.
“The suspect is currently being grilled by detectives at Changamwe police station, for more details into the murder,
Before being arraigned to answer to murder charges,” the directorate said.
“Athletics has lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said in a statement late on Wednesday.
“I’m deeply shocked by the tragic death of Agnes Tirop, a young and bright talent. Her performances at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 gave hope and inspiration to so many people,” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in comments posted on the Olympics Twitter account.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta asked for a quick investigation into Tirop’s death for justice to be served.