Thursday, October 28, 2021

Kenyan runner Agnes Tirop found dead, police hunt husband

Kenyan Olympic runner and two-time world championship bronze medalist Agnes Tyrop was found dead at her home Wednesday with stab wounds and her husband was missing and wanted for questioning, police said.

Elgeio Marakvet County Police Chief Tom Makori said they were looking for Tyrop’s husband after his family reported that he called them crying and asking God for forgiveness for what he had done.

“There are revelations that came from her husband’s family,” Makori said.

Tyrop, 25, was found dead at her home in Itena in western Kenya, a city known as a training base for long-distance runners. Kenyan media reported that she had stab wounds to the abdomen and neck.

Police said Tyrop’s car, which was parked in front of the house, had its windshield and windows broken, which may indicate a domestic altercation prior to her murder.

Kenya’s National Police Service said Tyrop was the victim of a “gruesome crime” and promised a “prompt and comprehensive investigation.”

The Kenya Athletics Federation previously reported that Tyrop, one of her country’s rising stars, was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband, but she is still working to uncover the details of the incident.

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“Kenya has lost a pearl,” said Athletics Kenya.

Tyrop 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. Just last month, Tyrop broke the world record in the women’s 10 km race in Germany alone.

Her career began when she won the world cross country title in 2015 at the age of 19, becoming the second youngest champion in history.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called on the police to “track down and arrest the criminals responsible for the murder of Agnes.”

“It is alarming, extremely unfortunate and very sad that we have lost a young and promising athlete,” Kenyatta said in a statement. “Even more painful is that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all accounts, painfully lost her young life to a criminal act committed by selfish and cowardly people.”

World Athletics, an international athletics organization, said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Tyrop’s death.


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