Athletics Kenya confirm death of Olympic distance runner Agnes Tirop

Agnes Tirop broke the record for the women's 10km Road to Records Race by 29 seconds in Germany in September 2021. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Kenyan Olympic distance runner Agnes Tirop was found dead in her home in Iten, Kenya, on Wednesday, the country's athletics federation has confirmed.

Tirop, 25, was Kenya's representative in the 5,000m women's event at the Tokyo Games earlier this year, and was the bronze medalist in the 10km event at the World Championships in 2019.

"We are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop," Athletics Kenya said in a statement.

"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 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."

Last month, Tirop broke the women-only record in the women's 10K at the Road to Records Race in Germany with a time of 30:01. She took bronze in the 10,000-meter races at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, and also won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

Tirop 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.