Kenyan police have arrested the husband of murdered athlete Agnes Tirop in the metropolis of Mombasa. The man is the prime suspect in the case, which sends a shock wave through the African country and the athletics world.
The man will be brought to trial today/Friday. Tirop, 25, was found dead Wednesday at her home in Iten, an elevated town in western Kenya where many long-distance runners train.
The double World Cup medalist in the 10,000 meters (2017 and 2019) and number 4 of the Tokyo Games in the 5,000 meters was stabbed.
Her partner is considered the main suspect, because he called Tirop’s parents with the report “to have done something bad”.
The murder of the promising athlete is big news in the Kenyan media. The National Athletics Federation suspended all competitions for 2 weeks as a tribute and President Uhuru Kenyatta also paid tribute.