Kenyan Athlete Agnes Tirop Found Dead; they are looking for a husband

Agnes Tiropo, a Kenyan Olympian and bronze medalist in two world championships, was found dead in her home Wednesday with stab wounds and her husband was missing and wanted for questioning, police said.

Elgeyo Marakwet County Sheriff Tom Makori said they were looking for Tirop’s husband after his family reported calling them crying and asking God’s forgiveness for something he had done.

«There are revelations that come from her husband’s family,» Makori said.

Tirop, 25, was found dead in her home in Iten, western Kenya. The town is known for being a training base for long-distance runners. Kenyan media reported that she was found stabbed in the abdomen and neck.

Tirop’s car, which was parked outside the house, had its windshield and windows smashed, suggesting a domestic dispute before she was killed, police said.

The Kenyan National Police said that Tirop was the victim of a «heinous crime» and promised «swift and thorough investigations.»

The Kenyan Athletics Federation had said that Tirop, one of the country’s rising stars, had allegedly been stabbed by her husband, but was still working to gather more details about the incident.

«Kenya has lost a jewel,» the federation noted.

Tirop won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000 meters at the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics World Championships, and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics. Just last month, Tirop broke the world record in the women’s 10-kilometer road race in Germany.