The international sports world is reeling over the murder of world-renowned Kenyan runner Agness Tirop. In what police are calling a domestic violence related death, Tirop, 25, was found dead in a pool of blood in her home after suffering from stab wounds to her body. The fatal blow appears to have been to her neck according to police, who are seeking the whereabouts of Tirop’s husband Emmanuel Ibrahim Kipleting. Kipleting is wanted for questioning in her murder.
Tirop won bronze in the 10,000 meters at the world championships in 2017 and 2019, and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Just last month, Tirop set the 10km world record for women’s only races in cross country running.
Tirop was 25. This story is developing.
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This news brief was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual.