NAIROBI, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Kenyan police mentioned on Thursday they had been asking the husband of distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-times World Championship bronze medallist who was discovered dead at her residence, to come forward.
Police mentioned on Wednesday that Tirop appeared to have been stabbed within the neck with a knife. learn extra
The 25-year-old represented Kenya within the 5,000 metres on the Tokyo Olympics and completed fourth within the finals.
“We are now urging Ibrahim Rotich, husband to the late Kenyan athlete to present himself to the nearest police station or security agency to assist police with their investigations,” Tom Makori, sub county police commander for Keiyo North, informed Reuters by phone.
“We have not arrested the suspect by Thursday, but we have some information which can lead us for his arrest.”
Last month, Tirop smashed the women-only 10km world report in Germany, crossing the road in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds from the earlier report held by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui from 2002.
In early October, Tirop, completed second within the Giants Geneva 10K race. learn extra
She gained bronze medals on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships within the 10,000m, and in addition gained the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.
“Athletics has lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe mentioned in an announcement late on Wednesday.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta requested on Wednesday for a fast investigation into Tirop’s loss of life.
Editing by Toby Davis