The 500m world champion Hellen Obiri has described the untimely death of slain Olympian Agnes Tirop who was buried at her home in Nandi County on Saturday as a great loss to the nation.
Tirop was on October 13 found dead in her Nandi house with visible stab wounds in her abdomen. The main suspect behind the murder charges is the husband of the deceased Ibrahim Rotich who was last week arraigned before the court of law about the case.
Tirop was a gifted long-distance runner who at her tender age broke the women-only 10km world record last month. The promising marathoner had also finished fourth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic 5,000m. Tirop had also won World Athletics Championships bronze medals among other personal achievements locally.
Mourners and competing athletes who had flocked her home for the final sendoff called upon the government and relevant authorities to move swiftly and offer athletes welfare support as well as ending gender-based violence among athletes.
Renowned athlete and world champion Hellen Obiri could not hold her tears as she shared what she had told Ms. Tirop about the future and the goal to set new records in the sport.
“For us Kenyans, we have lost a hero,” said Hellen Obiri, the women’s 5,000m world champion and a mentor to Tirop. “I told her that in 2022, she was to go and defend my titles and represent our country,” Obiri said.
On her part, Tirop’s mother Dinah Tirop was short of words coming into terms with the demise of her daughter who still had much in store to offer the country in matters athletics.
“I don’t have much to say for today, I have mourned, I have cried, all my tears are gone,” she said. “I give my daughter her final send-off and I ask God to give her her place,” she shared.
Agnes Tirop would have turned 26 years of age the day of her burial filled with tears and a somber mood.
With Joel Masibo
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