Kenyan long-distance runner and world bronze medalist Agnes Jebet Tirop was found stabbed in her home.
Athletics Kenya released a statement Wednesday morning that reported that she was discovered in her home in Iten, a town in the west of the country where many athletes train. Kenyan police are investigating.
Tirop won bronze in the 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships and won gold at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.
In its statement, Athletics Kenya said it was “distraught” by the news. “Kenya lost a gem that was one of the fastest growing athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to their eye-catching performances on the track.
“We pray that God will give strength to family and friends during this difficult time.”