The running world was shocked to learn on Wedensday that Agnes Tirop, a two-time world 10,000m bronze medallist and 2015 World Cross-Country champion, was found dead in her home in Iten, Kenya in a suspected homicide.
— Athletics Kenya (@athletics_kenya) October 13, 2021
The 25-year-old, a rising star among Kenyan athletes, was found dead with stab wounds in her abdomen at her home at the high-altitude training camp in Iten, Kenya, according to an announcement by Athletics Kenya. Few details are known about her death, but Athletics Kenya alleges she was murdered by her husband, Emmanuel Ibrahim Kipleting. This has not yet been confirmed by authorities.
Even at her young age, Tirop had already amassed an impressive list of accomplishments. She was the gold medallist at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships, the second-youngest person ever to win the race behind Zola Budd. She won the bronze medal in the 10,000m at the World Championships in 2017 and 2019, and she represented Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, where she placed fourth in the 5,000m. Only a month ago, Tirop also smashed the women’s-only 10 km record in Germany, running 30:01 to break the previous record by 28 seconds.
Authorities are still working to unearth more details surrounding the circumstances of Tirop’s death.