Agnes Tirop, Kenya’s world record holder and two-time bronze medalist at the World Championships, was discovered dead at her house.
At the Tokyo Olympics, the 25-year-old distance runner represented Kenya in the 5,000m race, finishing fourth in the final with a time of 14:39.62.
Athletics Kenya stated it was still investigating the event, but that it has learned about Tirop’s death. The regulating authority went on to say:“We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise.
“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.”
Tirop shattered the women-only 10km world record in Germany last month, crossing the finish line in 30:01, shaving 28 seconds off the previous mark set by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
Tirop won bronze medals in the 10,000m event at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, as well as the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.
source : Guardian sport