World Athletics Record Holder Agnes Tirop Murdered

World Athletics Record Holder Agnes Tirop Murdered

World 10km record holder 25 year old Kenyan Agnes Tirop is dead from suspected murder in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet on October 13th, 2021.

The 2015 World Cross Country champion was found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday with stab wounds.

Tirop has been living at an athletics camp after differing with her husband but returned two days ago at the home following reconciliation by relatives and friends.

On September 12th, 2021, Tirop set a new women-only world record in 10km by clocking 30:01 to cut the tape at the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Tirop, the second youngest athlete to ever win gold at the World Cross Country Championship in 2015, was also part of Team Kenya’s representative at the Tokyo Olympics.

She finished fourth in 14:39.62 in the women’s 5,000m, a race won by Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan.

Tirop’s other accomplishments on the track include gold at the 2013  Africa Cross Country Championship in Kampala, Uganda, a World Junior Cross Country title in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland and a bronze in the 5000m in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.