NAIROBI, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Kenyan police announced on Thursday that they had arrested the husband of long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, two-time World Championship bronze medalist, was found dead at home.
Police said on Wednesday Tirop appeared to have been stabbed in the neck with a knife. read more
Lhe 25-year-old represented Kenya in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics this year and was fourth in the final.
Police said arresting Ibrahim Rotich in the coastal town of Mombasa, hours after begging him to surrender.
"The suspect was arrested today 'yesterday evening and is in custody at Changamwe police station in the coast region, "Tom Makori, police commander of Keiyo North sub-county, told Hfrance.fr by telephone.
"I can now confirm that we have the prime suspect in our custody.
The Criminal Investigations Directorate said on Twitter that Rotich was arrested after hitting his car in a truck, saying he was trying to flee the country.
" The suspect is currently "
FILE PHOTO-Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Qatar Sports Club, Doha, Qatar - May 4, 2018 Kenyan Agnes Jebet Tirop celebrates after finishing second in the 3000m women Hfrance.fr/Ibraheem Al Omari
Last month Tirop broke the women's 10km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds off the previous record established by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
At the beginning of October, Tirop finishedsecond in the Giants 10 km race in Geneva. learn more
She won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 world championships over 10,000m, and won the 2015 cross country world championships.
"Athletics has lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances " said the president of World Athletics Sebastian Coe in a statement Wednesday evening.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called for a swift investigation into Tirop's death.
"I am deeply shocked by the tragic death of young and bright talent Agnes Tirop. Her performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have given hope and hope. 'inspiration to so many people "said the Chairman of the CommitteeOlympic international Thomas Bach in comments posted to the Olympics Twitter account.
TV footage obtained by Reut es showed Tirop's distraught friends and relatives leaving her residence, while the police used a cordon to keep the other people away to ask what had happened.
"The girl was so jovial , in fact we traveled with her to Nairobi the day we returned from Tokyo, "said Milka Chemwos, representative of Athletics Kenya.
"Even on Monday at 4 p.m. I spoke to him by phone and we were supposed to meet in town. So that (Tirop's death) happened, it 's unfortunate. Reporting by Humphrey Malalo; additional reporting by Jackson Njehia and George Obulutsa; Written by George Obulutsa, edited by Giles Elgood and Ed Osmond
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