October 14, 2021
(Reuters) -Kenyan athletes Unis Sam and Julius Yego led a tribute to his compatriot Agnes Tyrup, who was found stabbed at his home in the town of Iten on Wednesday.
Local police said he was treating Tyrup’s husband as a suspect and asked him to come forward.
Tyrop, 25, finished fourth at the 5,000m at this year’s Tokyo Olympics and won the bronze medal at the 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. She was also a two-time gold medalist at the World Cross Country Championships.
2015 Javelin World Champion Yego described Tirop as an “amazing girl” on the road to becoming one of the world’s top athletes.
“She wanted to be the best. She broke the 10km world record only a few weeks ago. Her successful career was still in place, but unfortunately. I decided that someone couldn’t write the whole story, “he told the BBC on Thursday.
“We have lost a great talent. She is a very strong woman and she is devoted to what she is doing.”
Tyrop broke the women-only 10km world record last month, 28 seconds shorter than the previous mark.
After the incident on Wednesday, 2013 World 800m Champion Sam visited Tyrop’s house.
“Agnes was a cheerful and always smiling woman … It was very hurt for us to see her body. I hope Agnes gets justice. In peace Agnes.”
Hellen Obiri, who won the silver medal in the 5000m in Tokyo, also paid tribute to his longtime rivals.
“It was shocking news for me that Agnes wasn’t there anymore. I raced with Agnes in so many races — recently in Tokyo. I wanted Agnes to take over from me, but that was It was a premature death for her, and I hope she can rest in eternal peace, “Obili told the BBC.
(Report by Dhruv Munjal in Bangalore, edited by Ed Osmond)
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