President Uhuru Kenyatta and Athletics Kenya led Kenyans in ouring the sudden death of former world cross country champion Agnes Jebet, Tirop.
The world 10km record holder was found dead in her house at the free-area in Iten, Egeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday morning. The athlete, who has dominated both track and road running was part of team kenya at the Olympic Games and finished 4th in the 5,000m in a race won by Netherland Sifan Hassan.
The president’s message of condolence and comfort to the family, friends, relatives, and the athletics fraternity, the President mourned Agnes as a Kenyan hero and champion whose death is a big blow to the country’s sporting ambitions and profile.
“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, she had brought our country so much glory through her exploits on the global athletics stage including in this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she was part of the Kenyan team in Japan,” the President eulogised.
“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people,” the President said, and directed the police to hasten the search and apprehension of the athlete’s killers.
“I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law,” the Head of State directed.
According to local media reports, the lifeless body of Agnes, a 2019 World 5000m bronze medalist and 2015 senior Cross Country champion, was found in her Iten house with stab wounds in the abdomen.
The Head of State, who is out of the country on an official visit of the US, prayed for God’s grace and calm for the family, friends, relatives and supporters of Agnes Tirop as they come to terms with the athlete’s shocking death.
Similarly, Athletics Kenya described Tirop as a fast-rising athlete who was well on her way to ruling the track and road races for a long time.
“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 and last week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon,” the federation said.
National Olympics Committee Kenya president Paul Tergat was also in shock over the 25-year old’s death and called for speedy investigations to accord justice to her family and friends.
“Agnes just represented our country during the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and has been performing exceptionally well in her athletics career. We expect the authorities to do all that’s within the law to unearth the cause of this sudden death as we appeal for enhanced protection of our sportsmen and women,” he said.