Kenyan police said on Thursday they were asking the husband of long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, two-time bronze medalist at the world championships who was found dead at her home , to come forward.
Police confirmed the 25-year-old, who represented Kenya in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics, had been stabbed in the neck with a knife.
" We are now urging Emmanuel Rotich, [the] husband of the late Kenyan athlete, to report to the nearest police station or security to assist the police in their investigations, "said Tom Makori. , Keiyo North Sub-County Police Commander.
"We didn 't arrest the suspect on Thursday, but we have information that can lead us upon her arrest. ”
Last month Tirop broke the women's 10 km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 to reduce of 28 seconds the previous record, set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
At the beginning of October, Tirop finishedsecond in the Giants Geneva 10K race. She won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 10,000m world championships, and also won the 2015 cross country world championships.
" Athletics has lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances ", World Athle tics said the president Sebastian Coe in a statement Wednesday evening. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for a speedy investigation into Tirop's death.
"I am deeply shocked by the tragic death of Agnes Tirop, a young and brilliant talent, ”said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in comments posted to the Olympic Games Twitter account. “ His performances at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 havegave hope and inspiration to so many people. "
TV footage showed Tirop's distraught friends and relatives leaving his home residence, while police officers used a cordon to drive away the others who had come to ask what had happened.
"The girl was so jovial, in so we traveled with her to Nairobi the day we got back from Tokyo, ”said Milka Chemwos, representative of Athletics Kenya.