Two-time World Championship bronze medallist Agnes Tirop has been found stabbed to death at her home in Iten, Kenya.
Reports are that Tirop was allegedly stabbed by her husband.
The 25-year-old’s accolades include fourth in the 5000m at Tokyo 2021, bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.
Last month she broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at the adidas Road to Records Race in Germany, with a time of 30:01.
Tirop also won the World Cross Country title in 2015, during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.
She also won the Africa Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
“Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop,” the country’s athletics body said in a statement.
“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.”