Athletics Kenya (AK), the governing body for the sport of athletics in Kenya reported on Wednesday that two-time world championship bronze medalist, Agnes Jebet Tirop, aged 25, was found dead at home in Iten with stab wounds.
“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,” it said.
While reacting to the news, President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta said, “It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete at a young age of 25 years.
“She had brought our country so much glory through her exploits on the global athletics stage including in this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she was part of the Kenyan team in Japan.
“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people.”
The president further directed the police to hasten the search and apprehension of the Tirop’s killers.
Born on 23 October 1995.Tirop mainly competed in the 5000 metres and cross country running. At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, she became the second-youngest ever gold medallist in the women’s race after Zola Budd. She was a medallist at junior level at the World Cross Country and World Junior Championships in Athletics. She was also the junior champion at the African Cross Country Championships in 2014. She held a 5000 m best of 14:50.36 minutes. She won the bronze medal in the 10,000 metres events at the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships and, at the time of her death in 2021, was the world-record holder in the 10 kilometres women’s only event.
Tirop first came to prominence at the national level in 2012, when she was runner-up to world junior champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships.