500-meter record holder Agnes Tirop found dead in Kenya

Written by Staff Writer Mwangi Ndung’u Kenyan world record holder in 400 meters, Agnes Tirop, has been found dead, according to the statement from the police in Nairobi. Tirop disappeared a week ago after…

500-meter record holder Agnes Tirop found dead in Kenya

Written by Staff Writer

Mwangi Ndung’u

Kenyan world record holder in 400 meters, Agnes Tirop, has been found dead, according to the statement from the police in Nairobi.

Tirop disappeared a week ago after reportedly being involved in a brawl with a friend. The incident occurred in Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium on Aug. 18 after the athlete collapsed after finishing fourth in the 800 meters finals of the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Tirop, the world’s fifth fastest woman in the event, came 10th in the 800 meters, but she collapsed at the finish line after a fall during the heats.

A post-mortem examination has confirmed the cause of death is “rude shock and haemorrhage.”

Tirop’s second place finish in the 800 meters in Doha is her best finish in a major race since 2012 and the 32-year-old from Malindi continued her recent strong form by finishing second at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Tirop started her career in athletics as a 400 meter hurdler, but she shifted her focus to the longer sprint events following her retirement from the hurdles in 2017.

Tirop gave birth to her son Jairos in 2017, the same year she ran her first race of the season at the Ethiopian Grand Prix in Assab, having been injured during her pregnancy, and finished in second place in her 400 meter heat behind a Dutch athlete.

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