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Agnes Tirop was a Kenyan athlete, especially in the 10,000 meters, long-distance race. She represented Kenya in the 5000 meters women championships at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She is a record holder of various championships. Additionally, she won a medal at the World Junior Championships in Athletics and the World Cross Country Championships, just to mention but a few. This article reviews her biography.
Agnes Tirop Date and Place of Birth
Tirop was born on the 23rd of October 1995 in Uasin Gishu County.
Agnes Tirop Career Journey
She began her athletic journey as a young and vibrant youth around the ages of 18 and 19 therein. She made her national entrance in 2012 at the Kenyan Cross-country Championships where she came second after Faith Kipyegon. This allowed her for national selection and got her international medal at the 2012 African Cross-country Championships.
She was Kenya’s best for the 5000 meters in the 2012 World Junior Championships where she won a bronze medal with a personal best of 15:36:74minutes. She further made significant improvement by attaining a personal best of 8:39:13minutes and 14:50:36minutes for the 3000 meters and 5000 meters races respectively.
Agnes won various medals such as gold, bronze, and silver in the different Cross-country Championships. She entered senior ranks in the 2015 season when she won the Eldoret Discovery Cross Country in Kenya.
Further making progress, Agnes represented Kenya in the 5000 meters race where she came fourth. In September 2021, she broke the world record in the 10000 meters women-only race in a record time of 30:01 seconds in Germany.
Her final race was the 2021 Valencia Half Marathon where she finished second in a record time of 30:20 seconds
Agnes Tirop Cause of Death
Agnes found her untimely demise on the 23rd of October 2021. She was found dead with stab wounds in her neck and abdomen at her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County. Neighbours told sources that arguments between her and her ex-lover might have caused the incident. She had come to pick her clothes when the fight ensued. Investigations and justice for her death are underway.