Kenyan Olympic champion Tirop found dead

The Kenyan Olympic gold medalist and road world record holder Agnes Tirop was found dead in her house, according to the Kenya Athletics Association. In media reports today, photos of a police operation in Iten in the north-west of the country were to be seen, where many runners live and train. Kenya has lost a jewel, according to the association. One is beside oneself with grief for the aspiring runner, one is working on finding out details about death.

Agnes Jebet Tirop

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A month ago, Tirop had set a world record of 10 km on the road in pure women’s races in a race in Herzogenaurach and last came second over the same distance on October 3rd in a road race in Geneva. The 25-year-old won two World Championships bronze medals in the 10,000 m and took part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo for Kenya, where she was fourth in the 5,000 m in August. As a 19-year-old Tirop won the cross-country championship title in 2015.

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