President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined Kenya’s athletics fraternity in mourning Olympian Agnes Tirop who was found dead in her house in Iten town, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday.
Agnes Tirop, 25, was part of the triumphant Kenyan contingent to this year’s delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she represented the country in the 5,000m race and finished 4th in the final.
In a message of condolence to the family, friends, relatives, and the athletics fraternity, the President mourned Agnes as a Kenyan hero and champion whose death is a big blow to the country’s sporting ambitions and profile.
“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, she had brought our country so much glory through her exploits on the global athletics stage including in this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she was part of the Kenyan team in Japan,” the President eulogised.
“It is even more painful that Tirop, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people,” the President said, and directed the police to hasten the search and apprehension of the athlete’s killers.
“I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for Agnes killers so that they can face the full force of the law,” Uhuru said.
According to reports, the lifeless body of Agnes, a 2019 World 5000m bronze medalist and 2015 senior Cross Country champion, was found in her Iten house with stab wounds in the abdomen.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the heinous act was done by her estranged husband.
Athletics Kenya (AK) through President Jackson Tuwei has expressed shock upon confirmation of the sad news, saying Kenya has lost a jewel in the sport.
In a statement, AK says is distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop who was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband.
“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,” said Mr Tuwei in a statement.
Just last month, Tirop 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.