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Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop found dead

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Kenyan runner distance runner, Agnes Tirop has been found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya at the age of 25, the Kenyan Athletics Federation, Athletics Kenya has reported today, Wednesday.

The two-time world championships bronze medalist has passed on under circumstances reportedly confirmed to be a result of domestic violence as Kenya’s Athletics governing body continues to uncover more details surrounding the circumstances of her death after reporting the incident to have been a result of stabbing by her husband.

Athletics Kenya tweeted a statement with the claim that Tirop had allegedly been “stabbed by her husband”.

The statement continues: “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.

“We pray that God may grant strength to her family and friends at this difficult time.”

Tirop won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000 meters at the 2017 and 2019 world championships and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

Last month Tirop had broken the women’s-only world record for the 10km after clocking 30:01 at the Road To Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

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