Kenyan world document holder Agnes Tirop has been discovered lifeless at her dwelling within the western city of Iten, a coaching hub for a lot of athletes.
The 2-time World Athletics Championships bronze medallist, who completed fourth within the Olympic 5,000m last two months in the past, was 25.
Kenyan police have advised BBC Sport Africa they’re nonetheless investigating the circumstances surrounding her dying, with crime scene investigators at her home on Wednesday.
Final month, Tirop set the world document for a ladies’s solely 10km highway race in Germany.
“Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to study in regards to the premature dying of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop,” the nation’s athletics physique mentioned in a press release.
“We’re nonetheless working to unearth extra particulars surrounding her demise. Kenya has misplaced a jewel who was one of many fastest-rising athletics giants on the worldwide stage, due to her eye-catching performances on the monitor.”
On the 2020 Olympic Video games in August, Tirop completed simply outdoors the medal locations for the ladies’s 5,000m, trailing Ethiopia’s bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay by 0.75 seconds.
In addition to her 10,000m bronze medals at each the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships, Tirop additionally impressed off the monitor.
In September, she set a time of half-hour and one second in Herzogenaurach, Germany, as she took 28 seconds off the previous 10km highway race document set in 2002.
Tirop started her profession as a junior athlete in 2011, profitable two bronze medal within the 5,000m at that 12 months’s world junior championships.
4 years later, throughout a fast ascent, she received the senior World Cross Nation championships in China – turning into the second youngest medallist at that degree.
In its assertion, Athletics Kenya wished “power to [Tirop’s] household and mates at this tough time”.