Kenya’s world record holder Agnes Tirop has been found dead at her home in the western city of Iten, a training center for many athletes.
The two-time World Athletics Championships bronze medalist, who finished fourth in the Olympic 5,000m final two months ago, was 25 years old.
Kenyan police told BBC Sport Africa they were still investigating the situation surrounding his death, with crime scene investigators at his home on Wednesday.
Last month, Tirop World record set Only 10km road race for women in Germany.
“Athletes in Kenya are saddened to learn of the untimely death of world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirp this afternoon,” the country’s athletics body said in a statement.
“We are still working to find out more details surrounding his death. Kenya has lost a gem, who was one of the fastest growing sports giants on the international stage, thanks to his eye-catching performance on the track.”
At the 2020 Olympic Games in August, the title was over Outside of medal spaces In the women’s 500 meters, he beat Ethiopia’s bronze medalist Godaf Sege by 0.755 seconds.
In addition to his 10,000m bronze medal at the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships, Tirop was also fascinated by the track.
In September, he set a time of 30 minutes and one second in Herzegovina, Germany, as he took 28 seconds from the old record of 10 km road race in 2002.
Tirop began his career as a junior athlete in 2011, winning two bronze medals in the 5,000m at the World Junior Championships that year.
Four years later, during a quick climb, he won the Senior World Cross Country Championship in China – becoming the second youngest medalist at that level.
In his statement, Athletics Kenya seeks “strength” [Tirop’s] Family and friends at this difficult time. ”