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Kenyan ‘rising star’ runner Agnes Tirop found dead

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Agnes Jebet Tirop. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for ADIDAS)


Agnes Jebet Tirop. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for ADIDAS)

Kenyan double world 10 000m bronze medallist and 2015 world cross county champion
Agnes Tirop was found dead on Wednesday with stab wounds to her stomach in a suspected homicide, athletics officials said.

Tirop, 25, who finished fourth in the 5 000m at the Tokyo Olympics and was a fast-rising Kenyan female athlete, was found dead at her home in the high altitude training town of Iten in western Kenya.

“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,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement.

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