2017 World bronze medalist Agnes Tirop dead at 25

2017 World bronze medalist Agnes Tirop dead at 25

Her passing comes just two months after she finished fourth in the 5000m women’s final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan where she clocked 14:39.62 behind Dutch star Sifan Hassan who won gold, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri settling for silver and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay pipping Tirop to bronze by less than a second.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya in action during Heat 1 of the 5000m at the Tokyo Olympics

Just weeks after breaking the women’s only world record in the 10km, Kenya’s Agnes Tirop has been found dead at her home in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet on Wednesday 13 October 2021. The record has since been lowered by Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne who clocked 29:38 during last week's Giants Geneva 10K in Geneva, Switzerland.

A statement from Athletics Kenya confirming her death reads, “Athletics Kenya  are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of 2017 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 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.

 Just last month, she broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01.

Last week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon.

Tirop’s decorated CV also includes a World Cross Country title in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.

She 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.”

Her passing comes just two months after she finished fourth in the 5000m women’s final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan where she clocked 14:39.62 behind Dutch star Sifan Hassan who won gold, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri settling for silver and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay pipping Tirop to bronze by less than a second.

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