Kenyan long-distance runner, Agnes Tirop, who participated in the latest Olympic games, was found dead in her apartment in Iten, Kenya at the tender age of 25.
Tirop was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband, as stated by Athletics Kenya, who announced the news via a Twitter post.
“Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise,” Athletics Kenya said in their statement.
“Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.”
— Athletics Kenya (@athletics_kenya) October 13, 2021
Last month, Tirop broke the world record in the women-only 10-kilometre road race in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01.
Tirop burst onto the athletics scene in 2015, when she became the second youngest world cross-country champion, aged 19.
Among her achievements, Tirop was bronze medalist on two occasions in the 10-kilometre event at the World Championships, in 2017 and 2019 respectively. She was also crowned cross-country world champion in 2017.