‘Kenya Has Lost A Jewel’ | Kenyan Track Star Agnes Tirop Found Stabbed to Death As Police Search for Her Husband

In a shocking turn of events, Kenyan Olympic runner and two-time world championship bronze medalist Agnes Tirop was found murdered at her home Wednesday in western Kenya in what police described as a “heinous crime.”

According to the Clinton Herald, Elgeyo Marakwet County police chief Tom Makori said they were searching for Tirop’s husband after his family reported he had phoned them crying and asking for God’s forgiveness for something he had done.

“There are revelations which came from her husband’s family,” Makori said.

A Champion Taken Too Soon

Tirop has two bronze medals in the women’s 10,000 meters (2017 and 2019 world championships) and finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

She broke the world record in the women-only 10-kilometer road race in Germany in September.

Tirop’s agent — Gianni Demadonna — also confirmed her passing by e-mail to CNN.

Her death is being deeply mourned throughout the sports world.

Tirop was an inspiration for a nation that is still suffering from racism, political dissidence, exploitation and economic strife, but is also one of the fastest growing countries (economically) on the continent.

Via CNN:

According to the AP, Kenya’s National Police Service gave no further details on Tirop’s death other than to say it was investigating.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged police “to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes.”

“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete,” Kenyatta said in a statement. “It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people.”

International track governing body World Athletics also released a statement, saying it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by this murder.

The few details that have surfaced and been reported via the Kenyan track federation claims that the 25-year-old’s husband stabbed her in a tragic domestic attack.

Kenya is an African country known for its elite distant runners, and Tirop was one of the country’s superstars of track and field.

“Kenya has lost a jewel,” the federation said.

Athletics Kenya also released a statement.

More details are emerging in what seems to be a crime of twisted passion and another wakeup call for the world when it comes to allocating more resources toward protecting women and eradicating domestic violence.

RIP Agnes Tirop
JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.