Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop found dead after fighting for life in well

Rescue officials found Agnes Tirop with stab wounds at the Danube River on Monday, the Kenyan national police inspector general said. Tirop, a three-time world 10,000-meter champion, had disappeared from her training camps in…

Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop found dead after fighting for life in well

Rescue officials found Agnes Tirop with stab wounds at the Danube River on Monday, the Kenyan national police inspector general said.

Tirop, a three-time world 10,000-meter champion, had disappeared from her training camps in the Eldoret area of west Kenya on Sunday.

Tirop’s body was found at about 8:30 a.m. by an elite police team, who was called in to investigate.

General Joseph Boinnet said that the 36-year-old runner was found in a well, “presumably after being stabbed.”

Boinnet also said that police had determined that her husband, David Tirop, did not kill her, but did not reveal other details. Tirop and his wife were reportedly divorcing after a domestic dispute.

“The facts as we know today, are that she died by stab wound,” he said.

Tirop was to compete in the Arusha International Cross Country Race in Tanzania on Wednesday, but that event was cancelled.

Her record for the 10,000-meter race set in 2010 is 29 minutes, 14.76 seconds, two seconds faster than her previous best time.

Another of her records was in the 5,000-meter race in 2007, when she was the first African to run an American-style 3:34 mile.

The Daily Nation reports that Tirop was competing in the championships to qualify for the 2019 IAAF World Championships, which will be held in Doha, Qatar.

Her cousin, Tom Kariko, was her main support.

“She just got missing after starting her training on Sunday night,” he said on Monday. “After we noticed that she didn’t return to her residence, we started searching, hoping to find her.”

“We last saw her yesterday [Sunday] evening, at about 7 p.m.,” Kariko added. “After that, we looked for her in different places.”

Matilda Samboja, the director of the Kenyatta National Hospital, said the victim was “had serious injuries” on her body.

“She had been stabbed multiple times. Most of the injuries were on her stomach. It looks like someone got into her house or into her property and stabbed her,” she said.

Last month, world record holder and fellow Kenyan Mercy Cherono died in a road accident in Maryland, United States.

Cherono, 40, was en route to compete in the USA Track and Field Grand Prix Millrose Games event in New York.

She finished first in the 5,000 meters in the Kenyan national championships and it earned her a slot at the global event. She went on to win the Grand Prix in 8:16.76, a personal record that earned her a spot in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, in July.

According to the New York Daily News, an on-duty state trooper, Shannon Jordan, is accused of causing the collision that claimed her life.

Multiple reports say she was intoxicated when she made the wrong turn and crashed into Cherono’s car. Jordan reportedly told investigators that she was “inebriated at the time of the crash and may have fallen asleep at the wheel.”

Michael Galiazzo, 48, of Medina, Maryland, allegedly hit Cherono’s car with her personal two-seat Audi A4 sport utility vehicle, which crashed head-on into Cherono’s Nissan Sentra, forcing it into a barricade separating the road from the casino.

Investigators learned that the accelerator pedal was unclipped and apparently not working.

The accident occurred at 1:49 a.m. on Sept. 21. She died on the scene.

The new mother reportedly led a lavish lifestyle in Kenya and was an ambassador for the Haier brand.

The training harkened back to her days of at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, where she attended the BA Degree level in Public Health.

The 40-year-old athlete then went on to the University of Birmingham in England before moving back to Kenya.

Dalwan Adan, athletic director for the East African Community Athletics Championships and a longtime acquaintance of Tirop, was heartbroken.

He told Fuse News he was “devastated by the news of her tragic death, she was a great athlete to Kenya and indeed to the world of track and field.”

“To have lost such a great athlete will leave a huge void in her family,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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