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Agnes Tirop: Kenyan world record holder found dead following alleged stabbing

According to the nation’s athletics physique, Tirop was found dead at her residence in Iten, after she was “allegedly stabbed.”

Local reviews state Tirop was found dead with stab wounds in her stomach.

Athletics Kenya stated it was “nonetheless working to unearth extra particulars surrounding her demise.”

Tirop’s agent — Gianni Demadonna — additionally confirmed her passing by e-mail to CNN.

Athletics Kenya weren’t instantly out there for additional remark when contacted by CNN.

Agnes Tirop in the 5,000m heats at Tokyo 2020.

The 25-year-old received bronze medals within the 10,000m on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and completed 4th within the 5,000m on the Tokyo Games.

Last month, Tirop made historical past by taking 28 seconds off the long-standing, women-only world record for 10km on the Adizero Road To Records occasion in Germany.

Tirop completed in a time of 30:01 breaking the earlier record of 30:29 which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.

Following the race, she stated: “I’m so completely happy to have damaged the world record. I felt the tempo was good. The course was superb, too.”

At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tirop turned the second-youngest ever gold medalist within the girls’s race after Zola Budd.

Athletics Kenya stated the nation had “misplaced a jewel who was one of many fastest-rising athletics giants on the worldwide stage, due to her eye-catching performances.”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta additionally paid tribute, saying in a press release: “It is unsettling, totally unlucky and really unhappy that we have misplaced a younger and promising athlete who, at a younger age of 25 years, she had introduced our nation a lot glory by way of her exploits on the worldwide athletics stage together with on this 12 months’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics the place she was a part of the Kenyan group in Japan.”

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