Kenyan Olympic athlete Agnes Tirop has been found dead at her home in Iten, Kenya on Wednesday.

The Kenyan Athletics official Twitter account announced the death of Tirop on Wednesday afternoon, at age 26. 

Tirop rose to prominence as a junior

Tirop became a national household name in 2012 after her exploits in the Kenyan Cross Country Championships saw her rise to international prominence. She would finish those championships as a silver medalist and a runner up to compatriot Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, who was the World Junior Champion at the time.

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This achievement then earned Tirop her first international selection for Kenya and she wouldn’t disappoint, as she claimed a silver medal at the 2012 African Cross Country Championships. 

In a media release, Kenya Athletics mentioned how distraught they are to have lost Tirop and that allegations are that she was stabbed by her Husband. The association also made sure to state that they are still working to find the answers to exactly what transpired. 

Kenya Athletics statement

“Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop.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”.

Kenya Athletics also lamented the magnitude of their loss in Tirop.

“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.”.

She was getting stronger as a senior athlete

Tirop was fresh off breaking a Women-only Kenyan record for the 10km at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01. Then just last week she finished the Valencia Half Marathon in an impressive time of 30:20.

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Tirop’s impressive career in Athletics includes a World Cross Country title in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level. Prior to that, she had also won the Africa Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The South African News offers its condolences to the Tirop family during this hard time, may her should rest in peace. 

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