3:07 p.m. Pacific time – 10/14 – Kenyan authorities say they arrested the person suspected of stabbing Tirop, claiming he was the man with whom she had a relationship.
According to the police, Ibrahim Rotich stabbed Tirop to death and then went into hiding.
Authorities say Rotich then attempted to flee the area in a getaway car, but destroyed his vehicle while trying to escape – and was ultimately arrested by authorities.
Police said Rotich was now “grilled by detectives” at a local station … and that he would later be brought to justice for murder.
Developing story …
Agnes Tirop, an elite Kenyan long-distance runner who finished 4th at the Tokyo Olympics, was tragically found stabbed to death in her home, according to a Kenyan sports commission.
She was only 25 years old.
According to reports, the police are actively looking for Agnes’ husband, who has not been seen since his death.
The BBC reports that Agnes’ father called the police on Tuesday evening, fearing he could not reach his daughter.
Unfortunately, when police arrived at her home in Iten, Kenya, they found Tirop lying in her bed surrounded by a pool of blood, according to British media.
Police said the runner had what looked like a stab wound to the neck … and this is what they say caused his death. She was also reportedly stabbed in the stomach.
Agnes’ husband was not at home when they arrived … and has not heard from since the authorities arrived at the scene.
Tirop was one of the best long distance runners in the world. In fact, last month she set a women’s world record in a 10 kilometer race in Germany. Agnes also won bronze medals at the World Athletics Championships in 2017 and 2019.
“Athletics Kenya is upset to learn of the untimely passing of 10,000m world bronze medalist Agnes Tirop,” the national athletics body said in a statement.
Everyone from Adidas to the President of Kenya weighed in on this tragic loss.
“It is disturbing, quite unhappy and very sad that we have lost a promising young athlete who at a young age of 25 brought so much glory to our country,” he added. Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan president said in a statement.
“The Adidas family is deeply saddened by the tragic news regarding Agnès Jebet Tirop. Agnes was an incredible person, a record athlete and a beloved member of our family. She will be missed by all of us and her legacy will live on forever in our memory. “, tweeted the sportswear giant.