NAIROBI, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Kenyan police announced on Thursday that they were questioning the husband of long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, two-time World Championship bronze medalist who was found dead at her home, to come forward.
Police have said on Wednesday Tirop appeared to have been stabbed in the neckwith a knife. learn more
The 25-year-old represented Kenya over 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics and finished fourth in the final.
"We now urge Ibrahim Rotich, the husband of the deceased Kenyan athlete, to report to the nearest police station or security agency to assist the police in his investigations, "said Tom Makori, Keiyo North Sub-County Police Commander. Hfrance.fr by phone.
"We did not arrest the suspect on Thursday, but we have some information which may lead to his arrest. "
Last month Tirop broke the women's 10km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds of the previous record held par Morocco 's Asmae Leghzaoui from 2002.
In early October, Tirop finished dry in the Giants Geneva 10K race. learn more
PH FILE OTO-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
She won bronze medals at the championships in the 2017 and 2019 world over 10,000m, and also won the 2015 cross-country world championships.
"Athletics lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances, "World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said 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 Agnès Tirop, a young and bright talent. Her performances at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have given hope and inspiration to so many people "said President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach in commentsires posted on the Olympics Twitter account.
Television footage obtained by Hfrance.fr showed Tirop's distraught friends and relatives leaving his residence, while that the police were using a cordon to keep away others who had come to find out what had happened.
"The girl was so jolly, in fact we traveled with her to Nairobi the day we were back from Tokyo, "said Athletics Kenya representative Milka Chemwos.
" Even Monday at 4 p.m. I spoke to him by phone and we were to meet in town. So it 's (Tirop ' s death) that happened, it 's unfortunate. Report by Humphrey Malalo; additional reporting by Jackson Njehia and George Obulutsa; Writing by George Obulutsa Editing by Giles Elgood
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