Kenya's World Championship bronze medallist, Agnes Tirop, has been stabbed to death in her home two months after claiming Bronze for her country
The two-time World Championship bronze medallist narrowly missed out on a Bronze at the Tokyo Olympic Games by coming fourth.
UK Sun reports that the 25-year-old was found dead with a stab wound in her abdomen at her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday.
The 5,000m star's death has been confirmed by Barnaba Korir, the chairperson of Athletics Kenya in the Nairobi Region.
The 25-year-old won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000m, also winning the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.
She made history in the adizero Road To Records event in Germany in September by breaking the 19-year-old women's record for 10km which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
A statement from Kenya's athletics federation claimed that Tirop was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband.
"Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop.
"We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise. Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.
"Just last month, she broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at Road to Records in Germany, timing 30:01. Las week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon.
"Tirop’s decorated CV also includes a World Cross Country title in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medallist at that level.
"She also won the Africa Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
"We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time."