Athletics officials say the record-breaking Kenyan distance runner Agnes Terp was found dead Wednesday with stab wounds to his abdomen.
Police said they were looking for her husband in connection with the incident at Tarp’s home at the Athenian high-altitude training center in western Kenya.
Tarp, 25, was a fast-growing athlete – a double world 10,000m bronze medalist and 2015 world cross county champion who finished fourth in the 5,000m at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Athletics Kenya said that just last month, she broke the women’s 10km world record at the Road to Records event in Germany, with a time of 30:01, 28 seconds short of the previous record.
Terp also made history in 2015 when she became the second youngest gold medalist in the women’s cross-country championships after Zola Bud.
Athletics Kenya said in a statement, “Kenya has lost a gem that was one of the fastest growing athletics giants on the international stage.
“We are still working to find out more details about his death.”
Kiev North Police Commander Tom McCurry told AFP that Tarp’s husband, Emmanuel Routitch, was “a man of interest” in the case and was being sought by police.
“He can tell us what happened,” Macuri said. “The accused called Troop’s parents to say he had done something wrong. So we’re sure he knows what happened.”
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has paid tribute to the young athlete and called on police to find out who was behind his death.
He said, “It is disturbing, utterly unfortunate and extremely sad that we have lost a young and promising athlete who, at the young age of 25, led our country through his achievements on the world athletics stage. Was so honored. ” In a statement
He said it was even more traumatic that Kenya’s hero Agnes had tragically lost his young life through all sorts of suicides and cowardly criminal acts.
The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi also expressed condolences over the loss of TERP, calling it a “sign of hope for women in sports.”
On Saturday, another Kenyan long-distance athlete, Hosia Mook Makaren Yang, a member of the country’s record-breaking global cross-country team, died in a suicide bombing by Kenyan athletics officials.
Makaren Yang, 35, was found at his home in western Pokot, western Kenya.
“He was a great athlete, committed to the sport where he competed for many years in cross-country and 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races for Kenya,” Jackson Pekmoi, a representative of Athletics Kenya’s West Pocket, told AFP. ۔ “
Makaren Yang participated a record eight times and won three consecutive titles for Kenya at the World Cross Country Championships from 2006 to 2008.
Kenya is the most successful country in the Cross Country Championship, winning 49 teams and 27 individual titles.