•In a statement on Wednesday, Athletics Kenya said Kenya has lost a jewel.
•“A jewel who was one of the fasted rising athletics giants on the international stage thanks to her eye catching performances on the tracks,” AK said.
Kenyans have euologised World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop after she was found dead in Iten.
Tirop was found dead in her house with stab wounds in the neck and abdomen.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said Kenya is saddened by the passing of Tirop.
“The international long distance runner was cruelly murdered at her home in Iten. I hope the police will quickly apprehend the perpetrators,” he said via Twitter.
“My condolences to the family, colleagues & friends of Ms Tirop. May she RIP.”
In a statement on Wednesday, Athletics Kenya said Kenya has lost a jewel.
“A jewel who was one of the fastest rising athletics giants on the international stage thanks to her eye catching performances on the tracks,” AK said.
She was a world cross country winner in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.
She also won the Africa Cross Country championship in 2014 in Kampala as well as the world junior cross country championship in 2013 in Poland.
“We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time .”
@alexisaboke said:"Heartbreaking to lose such an amazing talent in Athletics under weird circumstances. Kenya has lost big! Rest well 2015 World Cross Country Champion Agnes Tirop."
"So sad she’s no more, after breaking the 10km world record last month. I first encountered her when she won the 6km junior women’s race at the 2014 Africa Cross-country Championships in Kololo. RIP Agnes Tirop," @AllanDarren said.
To the Late Great Agnes Tirop, I am deeply suddened by your gruesome murder. You flied our flag high and made Kenya earn global respect. But that's life, sometimes very unfair. May your great soul rest in peace heroine. To whoever did that, may her blood forever hunt you. pic.twitter.com/dsm1006nbK— Riek Machar 🇰🇪 (@RiekMachar3) October 13, 2021
Kenya 5000m runner AGNES TIROP found dead in her house, Elgeyo Marakwet County ,ITEN....— Roy Odhiambo (@RoyOdhiambo12) October 13, 2021
She had stab wounds in the abdomen.
May she Rest In Peace.
It is so heartbreaking to hear such news that Agnes Tirop is no more, the 10k champion was found dead in her home in Elgeyo Marakwet with stabs on her abdomen.— MYRON THEE OG🇰🇪 (@myron_mhindi) October 13, 2021
I hope the police will get to the core of the matter as soon as possible.
Rest in peace champ😭😭 pic.twitter.com/HJPbW1MP8x
Tirop has been living at an athletics camp after differing with her husband but returned two days ago at the home following reconciliation by relatives and friends.
Only last month, Tirop set the athletics world alight when she set a new women-only world record in 10km when she clocked 30:01 to cut the tape at the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Last week, she timed 30:20 in the women's 10km race at the Valencia Half Marathon when she finished second to Bahraini Kalkidan Gezahegne who timed 29:38 to set a new record.