© Reuters. FILE PHOTO-Athletics – Diamond League – Doha – Qatar Sports activities Membership, Doha, Qatar – Could 4, 2018 Kenya’s Agnes Jebet Tirop celebrates after ending second within the girls’s 3000m REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
By Humphrey Malalo
NAIROBI (Reuters) -Kenyan police mentioned on Thursday that they had arrested the husband of distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-times World Championship bronze medallist who was discovered lifeless at her house.
Police mentioned on Wednesday that Tirop appeared to have been stabbed within the neck with a knife.
The 25-year-old represented Kenya within the 5,000 metres on the Tokyo Olympics this 12 months and completed fourth within the last.
Police mentioned that they had arrested Ibrahim Rotich within the coastal metropolis of Mombasa, hours after pleading with him to give up.
“The suspect has been arrested as we speak night and is in custody at Changamwe police station in Coast Area,” Tom Makori, sub county police commander for Keiyo North, instructed Reuters by phone.
“I can affirm now we have now foremost suspect in our custody.”
The Directorate of Legal Investigations mentioned on Twitter (NYSE:) that Rotich was arrested after ramming his automotive right into a lorry, saying he was attempting to flee the nation.
“The suspect is at present being grilled by detectives at Changamwe police station, for extra particulars into the homicide,
earlier than being arraigned to reply to homicide fees,” the directorate mentioned.
Final month, Tirop smashed the women-only 10km world document in Germany, crossing the road in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds from the earlier document set by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
In early October, Tirop, completed second within the Giants Geneva 10Ok race.
She claimed bronze medals on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships within the 10,000m, and received the 2015 World Cross Nation Championships.
“Athletics has misplaced one among its brightest younger stars in probably the most tragic circumstances,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe mentioned in a press release late on Wednesday.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta requested for a fast investigation into Tirop’s demise.
“I’m deeply shocked by the tragic demise of Agnes Tirop, a younger and vivid expertise. Her performances on the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020 gave hope and inspiration to so many individuals,” Worldwide Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach mentioned in feedback posted on the Olympics Twitter account.
Tv footage obtained by Reuters confirmed Tirop’s distraught buddies and kinfolk leaving her residence, whereas cops used a cordon to maintain away others who had come to inquire what had occurred.
“The woman was so jovial, in reality we travelled along with her to Nairobi the day that we had been returning again house from Tokyo,” Athletics Kenya consultant Milka Chemwos mentioned.
“Even on Monday at Four p.m. I talked to her by means of the cellphone and we had been to satisfy on the town. So it (Tirop’s demise) has occurred, it’s unlucky.”
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