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This Kenyan Runner Who Broke A World Record Was Found Stabbed To Death Allegedly By Her Husband

Kenyan runner Agnes Tirop, the world record holder for the women-only 10 km road race, has been found dead in her home in Iten.
The 25-year-old was found dead with multiple stab wounds to her neck and stomach on Wednesday Oct. 13 after her father reported her as missing.
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Tirop poses with the Adizero Adios Pro 1 shoe after winning the Adizero: Road to Records Women’s 10km at adidas HQ on Sep. 12, 2021 in Herzogenaurach, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for ADIDAS)
Police said they are treating her husband, who is missing, as a suspect.
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Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya poses after winning in women’s 1500m during the Diamond League at Stockholms Olympiastadion on May 30, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Marco Mantovani/Getty Images)

“We received a message from the family of Tirop’s husband that the husband had phoned the parents while crying and asking that God forgive him as there is something bad he had done,” local police told NTV Kenya Television, Reuters reported.

Her car was found with its windscreen and windows smashed outside her home, police said, according to AP.
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Tirop (R) wins the Adizero: Road to Records Women’s 10km at adidas HQ on Sep. 12, 2021 in Herzogenaurach, Germany. She broke the world record by 29 seconds. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for ADIDAS)
Just last month, Tirop broke the 10km road race world record in Germany, finishing in 30:01 and shaving off 28 seconds from the previous record set in 2002.
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Tirop celebrates after winning in women’s 1500m during the Diamond League at Stockholms Olympiastadion on May 30, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Marco Mantovani/Getty Images)
She had presented Kenya at the over 5,000m event at the Tokyo Olympics earlier in the year and placed fourth.
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“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, had brought our country so much glory,” Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta said.
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Tirop wins the Adizero: Road to Records Women’s 10km in 30:01 at adidas HQ on Sep. 12, 2021 in Herzogenaurach, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for ADIDAS)

“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetrated by selfish and cowardly people,” he added.

He called on law enforcement to track down the criminals responsible for her death.
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Tirop (C) celebrates on the podium after winning the Adizero: Road to Records Women’s 10km at adidas HQ on Sep. 12, 2021 in Herzogenaurach, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for ADIDAS)
“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,” Athletics Kenya said.
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Tirop celebrates winning bronze in the Women’s 10,000 Metres final during day two of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Khalifa International Stadium on Sep. 28, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

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