Kenya's Olympic star Agnes Tirop found dead

Tirop had represented Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics in the 5,000m - finishing fourth and narrowly missing out on an Olympic medal despite running a season best time of 14:39.62.

FILE: Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya celebrates after winning second-place in the women's 3,000 metres race during the Diamond League athletics competition at the Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, on 4 May 2018. Picture: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Two-time World Championship bronze medallist Agnes Tirop has been found dead at her home in Kenya.

According to a statement released by Athletics Kenya on Wednesday, she was stabbed allegedly by her husband.

Tirop had represented Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics in the 5,000m - finishing fourth and narrowly missing out on an Olympic medal despite running a season best time of 14:39.62.

The 25-year-old won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000m, also winning the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

Tirop had set a new women-only 10km world record in September in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 at the Road to Records Race.

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At the 2015 World Cross Country Championships at the age of 19, she made history by being the second youngest winner of the Champs after the legendary Zola Budd.

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