Agnes Tirop's husband arrested after Kenyan Olympic runner's death

Kenya's Agnes Jebet Tirop in the Women's 10,000 metres during the IAAF World Championships and her husband Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich, who has been arrested. Credit: National Police Service

The husband of Olympic runner Agnes Tirop has been arrested in connection with the Kenyan athlete's death.

The 25-year-old long distance runner, who broke the women's 10,000m road record last month, was found dead at her home in Iten in western Kenya on Wednesday. The town is renowned as a training base for distance runners.

She was discovered by police on Wednesday after being reported missing by her father on Tuesday night, according to reports.

Tirop’s husband Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich and another person has been arrested, Kenya's National Police Service announced on Twitter.

A third man had previously been arrested and will appear in court.

The police's statement read: “Suspected killer husband of Agnes Tirop, the long distance runner heroine recently murdered at her home, has been arrested.

“The suspect, one Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich, who has been on the run with police on hot trail, was nabbed in Mombasa by diligent police detectives who were trailing him and is currently held at Changamwe Police Station awaiting transfer to Iten where he’s expected to face prosecution.

“He was arrested together with Silas Chilla Chellile and are both helping the police with investigations.

“John Kipkoech Samoe was earlier arrested for complicity in the murder and already arraigned in court for custodial sentence. Swift and agile coordinated action by police ensured justice for all.”

Agnes Tirop smiles after winning the women's 1500m race at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 2019.

Tirop won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.

She came fourth in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Last month, Tirop broke the world record in the women's 10km road race.

A statement from Athletics Kenya on Wednesday read: “We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise.

“Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.

“We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time.”

Adding to tributes, Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, said: “Athletics has lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances."