Kenyan athlete, Agnes Tirop, a two-time World Championship bronze medallist, has been allegedly murdered by her husband.
The 25-year-old’s body was found at her home in Iten in western Kenya, a town renowned as a training base for distance runners.
Confirming the athlete’s death, a press statement released by Athletics Kenya said, “We are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Jebet Tirop.
“Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise.”
The nation’s police did not immediately give out any details other than to say they were investigating.
Tirop won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and finished fourth in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics.
Last month, Tirop broke the world record in the women-only 10km road race.
Her career took off when she won the world cross-country title in 2015 at the age of 19 to become the second-youngest champion ever.