One of Kenya 's best athletes, Agnes Tirop, was selectedshe was stabbed to death at her home in Iten, with the police treating her husband as a suspect. The 25-year-old, who broke the women's 10,000m road record last month and also won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 world championships, was discovered by police on Wednesday after he been reported missing by her father.
Tom Makori, the regional police chief, has confirmed that Tirop's husband was a suspect after his disappearance. “When [the police] entered the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor,” he said. "They saw that she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death.
"Her husband is still at large, and preliminary inquiries tell us that her husband is suspicious because he is introuvable. The police are trying to find her husband so that he can explain what happened to Tirop. "
Last month Tirop broke the world record 10 km race reserved for women in Germany, crossing the in 30:01 to reduce by 28 seconds the previous record, set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002. She also represented Kenya over 5,000 m at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, finishing fourth in the final.
Tirop showed his supreme talent early on by winning the world cross country title at the age of 19 - the second person the youngest to do so after Zola Budd in 1985. Athletics Kenya said he was still working to find out the details of the incident and added: "Kenya lost a gem which was one of the fastest rising athletic giants on the international stage, thanks to his eye-catching performances on the track. "
During thisKenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta als o expressed his horror at the murder of an athlete he called a hero. "It 's disturbing, utterly unhappy and very sad that we have lost a promising young athlete who at a young age of 25 brought so much glory to our country " he said. . "It 's even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan heroine in all respects, painfully lost her young life due to a criminal act perpetrated by selfish and cowardly people.
"I urge our security forces to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the murder of Agnes so that they can face the force of the law" , he added.
Kenyan journalist Evelyn Watta told The Guardian that in addition to being a brilliant athlete, Tirop was highly regarded of her teammates. “As a person she was cheerful, always smiling and very thoughtful with herself.s words, very humble and respectful. She might seem shy, but all you had to do was ask the right questions. This is just sad news. "
Agent Michel Boeting, who was a friend of Tirop, tweeted: " We will not see each other again never that majestic racing style. We will never see you raise your arms to celebrate again. But the worst part is that we will never see your beautiful smile again. You were royal. It was a pleasure to meet you. "