Agnes Tirop, a Kenyan Olympic runner who was also a two-time bronze medalist at the world championships, was found dead in her house Wednesday. Her husband is missing and police are seeking her out for further information.

Elgeyo Marakwet County police chief Tom Makori said they were searching for Tirop’s husband after his family reported he had phoned them crying and asking for God’s forgiveness for something he had done.

“There are revelations which came from her husband’s family,” Makori said.

Tirop, 25, was found dead in her Iten home in west Kenya. This town is well-known for its reputation as a place where distance runners train. Kenyan media reports that she had been found in her neck and abdomen with multiple stab wounds.

Tirop’s car, which was parked outside the home, had its windscreen and windows smashed, which could indicate a domestic dispute before she was killed, police said.

Kenya’s National Police Service said Tirop was the victim of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and comprehensive investigations.”

The Kenyan track federation had earlier said Tirop, one of her country’s rising stars, had allegedly been stabbed by her husband but it was still working to uncover details of the incident.

“Kenya has lost a jewel,” Athletics Kenya said.

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. Tirop set a new world record for the 10-kilometer women’s road race, breaking it in Germany last month.

She became the second-youngest champion in cross-country when she was 19 years old and won the 2015 world title.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged police “to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes.”

“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete,” Kenyatta said in a statement. “It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people.”

International track governing body World Athletics said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Tirop’s death.


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