KENYA’S Tokyo Olympic star Agnes Tirop has been found dead with a stab wound in her abdomen.
The 5,000m star, 25, was discovered at her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County earlier.
Her passing comes just two months after she finished fourth for her country at the Games.
Her death has been confirmed by Barnaba Korir, the chairperson of Athletics Kenya in Nairobi Region.
On September 12 Tirop made history in the adizero Road To Records event in Germany.
She slashed 28 seconds from the 19-year-old women-only mark for 10km as she clocked 30:01.
Tirop sped away from compatriot Sheila Chepkirui to break the mark of 30:29 which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
Afterwards she said: “I’m so happy to have broken the world record. I felt the pace was good. The course was very good, too.”
Tirop became the second-youngest medallist at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in the women's race.
She was a medallist at junior level at the World Cross Country and World Junior Championships and she was the junior champion at the African Cross Country Championships in 2014.
The long-distance star then won a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres event at the 2017 World Championships.
Tirop represented her country at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and was one of the medal favourites.
She eventually finished fourth in the 5,000m women’s finals after clocking 14:39.62.
Dutch star Sifan Hassan won gold after clocking 14:36.79, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri settling for silver after clocking 14:38.36 and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay pipping Tirop to bronze in 14:38.87.
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