Oct 14 (Reuters) – Kenyan athletes Eunice Sum and Julius Yego led the tributes to compatriot Agnes Tirop who was discovered stabbed to loss of life at her residence within the city of Iten on Wednesday.
Local police mentioned they have been treating Tirop’s husband as a suspect and have requested him to come ahead. learn extra
Tirop, 25, completed fourth within the 5,000m at this 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics and received bronze medals on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships within the 10,000m. She was additionally a twice gold medallist on the World Cross Country Championships.
Yego, world javelin champion in 2015, described Tirop as an “amazing young girl” who was on her manner to changing into one of many prime athletes on this planet.
“She wanted to be the best and it was only a few weeks ago that she broke the world record for the 10km. Her successful career was still being crafted but unfortunately, someone decided the whole story cannot be written,” he informed the BBC on Thursday.
“We just lost a great talent. She was such a strong woman and committed to what she was doing.”
Tirop final month smashed the women-only 10km world report, shaving 28 seconds off the earlier mark.
Sum, the 2013 world 800m champion, visited Tirop’s residence after the incident on Wednesday.
“Agnes was a jovial, ever-smiling lady… seeing her body was so hurtful for us. I hope Agnes gets justice. Rest in peace Agnes.”
Hellen Obiri, who received silver within the 5,000m in Tokyo, additionally paid tribute to her long-time rival.
“It was shocking news to me that Agnes is no more. I have raced with Agnes in so many races — recently in Tokyo. I was hoping Agnes would take over from me but it was an untimely death for her. May she rest in eternal peace,” Obiri informed the BBC.