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Corridor was found lifeless by neighbors. The husband is the main suspect and is at large

Tirop set world record just a month ago |  Credit: Getty Images

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Tirop set world record just a month ago | Credit: Getty Images

The fight took over the world athletics, after the tragic and early death of Agnes Jebet Tirop, a 25-year-old Kenyan athlete. The runner was found dead with a knife in the abdomen on Wednesday, 13, at her home in the Kenyan town of Iten. The information was confirmed this morning by the Kenya Athletics Federation.

“We were very concerned to learn about the untimely death of 10,000 meters world bronze medalist Agnes Jebet Tirop. Tirop was found dead at her home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We are still working to find out more details about his death,” the Federation said in a statement.

Tirop was bronze in the 10,000m at the 2019 World Cup and placed fourth in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics. And just a month ago she broke the 10km world record in street competitions. “Kenya lost a gem that was one of the fastest rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to its attractive performances on the track,” said the entity.

The runner set the record with a 30:01 mark to cut 28 seconds off the previous women’s record, which Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco, from Morocco, set in 2002. Tirop also won the 2015 senior cross country championship when she joined the history by being the second youngest to take the podium in the competition’s modality.

The athlete was found lifeless by neighbors after they noticed an argument last night. The main suspect in the crime is her husband, a police officer who is missing.

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