Kenya’s 5,000 meters Tokyo Olympic star Agnes Tirop Jebet was on Wednesday morning found dead after she was stabbed in the abdomen.
The lifeless body of the 25 year old Agnes Tirop was found at her house in Iten area, Elgeyo Marakwet county.
As a result, highly placed and secretive sources have put the estranged husband at the center of the heinous act which led to her mysterious death.
The Athletics Kenya (AK) through president Jackson Tuwei while sending his condolences to the family of Adgnes Tirop hinted that the husband was fully involved in stabbing her. Tuwei regretted that the republic of Kenya had lost a jewel in the sports woman.
“AK is distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop. She 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.“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,” read part of AK’s statement.
The news of her death was also confirmed by the chairperson of Athletics Kenya in Nairobi Region Mr. Barnaba Korir.
Her death comes a few days after she made history in the world of athletics. On September 12th, Tirop made history in the adizero Road To Records event in Germany.
She slashed 28 seconds from the 19-year-old women-only mark for 10km as she clocked 30:01.
The deceased sped away from compatriot Sheila Chepkirui to break the mark of 30:29 which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
“I’m so happy to have broken the world record. I felt the pace was good. The course was very good, too.” She said afterwards.
The shocking death of Agnes Tirop came as a shock in the country with netizens furious on why such an international star had to die like a fly.
While mourning her, the Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen called for quick apprehension of the perpetrators behind her murder.
“Deeply saddened by the news that Agnes Tirop,the international long distance runner was cruelly murdered at her home in Iten,Elgeyo Marakwet County.I hope the police will quickly apprehend the perpetrators. My condolences to the family,colleagues and friends of Ms Tirop.May she RIP.” Wrote senator Murkomen.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also joined Kenya’s athletics fraternity in mourning Olympian Agnes Jebet Tirop who was part of the triumphant Kenyan contingent to this year’s delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she represented the country in the 5,000m race and finished 4th in the final.
“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, she had brought our country so much glory through her exploits on the global athletics stage including in this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she was part of the Kenyan team in Japan,” the President eulogised.
“I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law,” the Head of State directed.