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The husband of slain Kenyan runner and world record holder in women’s 10 kilometer race Agnes Tirop, Ibrahim Rotich, has been arrested over the murder of the athlete who shattered the world record last month. Agnes who was stabbed to death in an incident that has shocked the world of athletics and her home country.

A statement by the Department of Criminal Investigations confirmed that Rotich was arrested on Thursday evening in Mombasa county while trying to flee the country.

The statement from the DCI read, “The prime suspect in the gruesome murder of 25 year-old world 5,000m record holder Agnes Tirop, has been arrested.

“Ibrahim Rotich, who was in a relationship with the athlete was arrested moments in Changamwe, Mombasa county, as he tried to flee to a neighboring country to evade justice.

“Rotich is believed to have killed the two-time World Athletic championships bronze medallist, by stabbing her before going hiding.

“Tirop’s lifeless body was found lying on her bed Wednesday morning in Iten, with visible stab wounds on her abdomen.

“Earlier in the day (Thursday) at around noon, Rotich had rammed his getaway vehicle into a lorry at Athi River, along Mombasa road, as he desperately escaped out dragnet.

“The suspect is currently being grilled by detectives at Changamwe police station, for more details into the murder, before being arraigned to answer to murder charges.”

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach had earlier, expressed deep shock on the tragic death of Agnes Tirop, “I’m deeply shocked by the tragic death of Agnes Tirop, a young and bright talent. Her performances at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 gave hope and inspiration to so many people. My thoughts go to the Kenyan Olympic community and especially to her friends and family.” Thomas Bach wrote in a statement.

The young Kenyan, Tirop shattered the world record in the women’s 10 Kilometer race, clocking a new record of 30:01 to beat her previous record of 39:29.  She also won third place in 2017 and repeated the same in 2019 world championships. She placed fourth in the 5,000 meter at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country championship, she became the second youngest ever gold medallist in women’s race after Zola Budd.

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