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Agnes Tirop: Police say runner’s husband is a suspect in her stabbing death

Keiyo North Sub County Police Commander Tom Makori informed AFP that Tirop’s husband Emmanuel Rotich was the topic of a police hunt.

“The suspect had made a name to Tirop’s mother and father saying that he’d dedicated one thing incorrect. So we consider he is aware of what occurred,” mentioned Makori.

Makori supplied additional particulars of Tirop’s death in an interview with CNN affiliate, Nation TV.

“When police went to Tirop’s home, they discovered her in mattress with blood beneath the mattress and a lot of it on the ground,” Makori mentioned.

“When police appeared on the physique, it appeared like she had been stabbed on the neck with what we suspect to be a knife.”

In a tweet on Wednesday, Kenya’s National Police Service (NPS) mentioned Tirop was the sufferer of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and complete investigations.”

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

Tirop received bronze medals in the ten,000m on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and completed 4th in the 5,000m on the Tokyo Games.

Last month, the 25-year-old made historical past by taking 28 seconds off the long-standing, women-only world report for 10km on the Adizero Road To Records occasion in Germany.

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

Following the race, she mentioned, “I’m so completely happy to have damaged the world report. I felt the tempo was good. The course was excellent, too.”

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

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

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe additionally paid tribute to one of many sport’s “brightest younger stars.”

“World cross nation champion at simply 19, Agnes Jebet Tirop burst on to the worldwide scene in 2015 and has been one of many world’s greatest feminine distance runners over the previous six years,” he mentioned in a statement.

“This is a horrible blow to the complete athletics group, however particularly to her household, her associates and Athletics Kenya and I ship all of them our most heartfelt condolences.”

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