|Agnes Tirop ran a 10K world record of 30:01, photo courtesy Demadonna Athletic Promotions|
It has been a very difficult, shocking, and sad week here in Kenya for the athletic fraternity, families, and friends following the deaths of three runners in different but quite related circumstances. Everything has been unreal and happening too fast. At times it would seem like a bad dream, and at times like a horror film.
Fresh from representing the country at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in August and just back from running a 10K world record of 30:01 barely a month ago, the death of Agnes Tirop, who was found dead in her bed with stab wounds shocked and angered many in Kenya and across the world. It is hard to believe that the world record run she just ran was to be the last run the world would ever see of the soft-spoken, humble, and very talented youngster who was only 25 years old.
The prime suspect in the murder of Tirop is her husband who had not been on
good terms with her of late, and the incident happened when Tirop had allegedly
gone back to their house to collect her belongings. The suspect is still at
No one expected it could turn this tragic. Many regrets and questions flooded the social media on how such a tragedy could have been avoided.