By GERALD IMRAY, AP Sports activities Author
Kenyan Olympic runner and two-time world championship bronze medalist Agnes Tirop was discovered useless at her residence Wednesday with stab wounds and her husband was lacking and needed for questioning, police stated.
Elgeyo Marakwet County police chief Tom Makori stated they have been looking for Tirop’s husband after his household reported he had phoned them crying and asking for God’s forgiveness for one thing he had carried out.
“There are revelations which got here from her husband’s household,” Makori stated.
The 25-year-old Tirop was discovered useless at her residence in Iten in western Kenya, a city famend as a coaching base for distance runners. Kenyan media reported she was discovered with stab wounds in her stomach and neck.
Tirop’s automotive, which was parked exterior the house, had its windscreen and home windows smashed, which may point out a home dispute earlier than she was killed, police stated.
Kenya’s Nationwide Police Service stated Tirop was the sufferer of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and complete investigations.”
The Kenyan monitor federation had earlier stated Tirop, considered one of her nation’s rising stars, had allegedly been stabbed by her husband however it was nonetheless working to uncover particulars of the incident.
“Kenya has misplaced a jewel,” Athletics Kenya stated.
Tirop received bronze medals within the ladies’s 10,000 meters on the 2017 and 2019 world championships and completed fourth within the 5,000 meters on the Tokyo Olympics. Simply final month, Tirop broke the world file within the women-only 10-kilometer street race in Germany.
Her profession took off when she received the world cross-country title in 2015 on the age of 19 to turn out to be the second youngest champion ever within the occasion.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged police “to trace down and apprehend the criminals chargeable for the killing of Agnes.”
“It’s unsettling, totally unlucky and really unhappy that we’ve misplaced a younger and promising athlete,” Kenyatta stated in an announcement. “It’s much more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully misplaced her younger life by means of a felony act perpetuated by egocentric and cowardly individuals.”
Worldwide monitor governing physique World Athletics stated it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Tirop’s demise.
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