Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop found dead at home - Women's Running

Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop found dead at home

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  October 14, 2021

Agnes Tirop, 25-year-old Olympic athlete and world record holder, was sadly found dead at her home with stab wounds

Tributes have been pouring in for Agnes Tirop, the Kenyan Olympic athlete who broke the women’s 10KM road race world record last month.

She was sadly found dead at her home in Iten, Kenya, yesterday, with stab wounds. A criminal investigation has been launched by police, and her husband is currently a suspect following his disappearance.

Tributes have been pouring in for the young runner. “Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performance on the track,” said Kenya’s athletics body in a statement.


World Athletics president Sebastian Coe described her as one of Athletics’ brightest young stars. “This is a terrible blow to the entire athletics community, but especially to her family, her friends and Athletics Kenya. I send them all our most heartfelt condolences.”

We echo Sebastian’s words; we so enjoyed following Agnes Tirop’s career and watching her races at the Olympics this year. Our thoughts are with her family and friends, and anyone who has been inspired by this incredible runner.

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Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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