Kenya star runner Tirop allegedly murdered

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Distance runner Agnes Tirop, Kenya's two-time World Championship bronze medallist, has been found dead, allegedly stabbed to death, at her home, Athletics Kenya (AK) has reported.

The 25-year-old represented Kenya in the 5,000m event at the recent Tokyo Olympics and finished fourth in the final.

"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 a statement on Wednesday.

Only last month, Tirop smashed the women-only 10km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds from the previous record held by Morocco's Asmae Leghzaoui from 2002.

Tirop won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000m, and also won at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

"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," said AK.

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