A complete nation is in morning over the “cowardly” demise of a world champion athlete. Police haven’t been capable of finding her husband.
Document-breaking Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop was discovered useless on Thursday morning (AEDT) with stab wounds to her abdomen in a suspected murder, athletics officers mentioned.
Police mentioned they have been on the hunt for her husband over the incident at Tirop’s residence within the high-altitude coaching hub of Iten in western Kenya.
Tirop, 25, was a fast-rising athlete — a double world 10,000m bronze medallist and 2015 world cross county champion who additionally completed fourth within the 5000m on the Tokyo Olympics this yr.
Solely final month, she smashed the women-only 10km world file on the Street to Data Occasion in Germany, with a time of 30:01, slicing 28 seconds off the earlier file, Athletics Kenya mentioned.
Tirop additionally made historical past in 2015 when she turned the second-youngest ever gold medallist within the girls’s cross nation championships after Zola Budd.
“Kenya has misplaced a jewel who was one of many quickest rising athletics giants on the worldwide stage, due to her eye-catching performances on the monitor,” Athletics Kenya mentioned in an announcement.
“We’re nonetheless working to unearth extra particulars about her demise.”
Keiyo North police commander Tom Makori informed AFP that Tirop’s husband Emmanuel Rotich was a “man of curiosity” within the case and was the topic of a police hunt.
“He can inform us what occurred,” Makori mentioned.
“The suspect had made a name to Tirop’s mother and father saying that he’d dedicated one thing improper. So we imagine he is aware of what occurred.”
Tributes movement for nationwide hero
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to the younger athlete and urged the police to trace down these behind her demise.
“It’s unsettling, totally unlucky and really unhappy that we’ve misplaced a younger and promising athlete who, at a younger age of 25 years, she had introduced our nation a lot glory via her exploits on the worldwide athletics stage,” he mentioned in an announcement.
“It’s much more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully misplaced her younger life via a legal act perpetuated by egocentric and cowardly folks,” he mentioned.
The US embassy in Nairobi additionally expressed its condolences over the lack of Tirop, describing her as “a determine of hope for girls in sports activities”.
On Saturday, one other Kenyan long-distance athlete Hosea Mwok Macharinyang, a member of the nation’s record-breaking world cross nation workforce, died of what Kenyan athletics officers mentioned was suicide.
Macharinyang, 35, was present in his residence in West Pokot in western Kenya. “He was such an excellent athlete, dedicated to the game the place he competed for Kenya for a few years in each cross nation and the 5,000m and 10,000m races,” Jackson Pkemoi, the West Pokot consultant of Athletics Kenya, informed AFP.
Macharinyang made a file eight appearances, and gained three consecutive titles for Kenya within the World Cross Nation Championships from 2006 to 2008.
Kenya is essentially the most profitable nation within the cross nation championships, having gained 49 workforce and 27 particular person titles.
Initially revealed as Nationwide icon discovered useless in suspected murder, husband gone