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Agnes Tirop’s husband pleads not Guilty

The prime suspect in the murder case of Agnes Tirop death, Ibrahim Rotich has today (16) pleaded not guilty at the Eldoret High Court where the case was transfered from Iten Law Courts.

Tirop’s body was found on October 13 with stab wounds in the bedroom in Iten.

She was born to a peasant farming; Tirop launched her athletics career less than a decade ago but swiftly ran up a host of second-place finishes in national and international cross country races.

She went on to become one of Kenya’s rising stars — as the 2015 world cross-country champion, a two-time world medallist over 10000m, and came forth over 5000m at the Tokyo Olympics this year.

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CCTV captures Agnes Tirop husband at murder scene

The prime suspect in the murder case of Agnes Tirop, Ibrahim Rotich might have a case to answer in the ongoing murder case after the CCTV footage placed him at the murder scene.

Tirop was found dead in her house at the free-area in Iten, Egeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday 13, 2021.

The proceeding of the case by the Senior Principal Magistrate Charles Kutwa who is presiding over the matter at the Iten Law Courts is ongoing.

According to Nation.co.ke, Keiyo North sub county DCIO Andolo Munga on Tuesday said that the CCTV footage also revealed the athlete was killed on Tuesday (October 12, 2021) afternoon.

“The CCTV footage is self-explanatory and positive after forensic analysis. It has all the evidence of the scene and the actual act. We believe we have an airtight case and we are good to go with the prosecution,” said the detective.

“The CCTV footage has become very crucial in this matter and it has shown us exactly what happened and how it was conducted. The investigation is on reverse and forward aspects.”

The two suspects who had been arrested together with Rotich were released and they are now state witness.

Tirop’s body was found on October 13 with stab wounds in the bedroom in Iten.

She was born to a peasant farming family, Tirop launched her athletics career less than a decade ago but swiftly ran up a host of second-place finishes in national and international cross country races.

She went on to become one of Kenya’s rising stars — as the 2015 world cross-country champion, a two-time world medallist over 10000m, and came fourth over 5000m at the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Athletics Kenya Release Cross Country Calendar after suspension

Athletics Kenya has released the new calendar for cross country after their two weeks suspension to mourn former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop.

The federation released a revised calendar on Thursday, with the event kicking off with the Machakos Cross Country meet followed by Iten meet in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

After the Iten meeting on 12th November, Ol Kalou will be next on 20th November with Kapsokwony being held on November 27th and Sotik hosting the last event a week later.

After the meetings, the national County Cross Country Championships will be held on December 18 with the regional championships slated for January 8.

The National Cross Country Championships will be held on January 22 in Lobo Village, Eldoret, and the same venue that will host the Kenyan leg of the inaugural World Cross Country Tour on February 12.

Ferdinard Omanyala wins the LG Sports Personality Award for September

Africa’s fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the LG Sport’s Personality for the month of September.

Omanyala achieved the feat following his stellar performance at the Kenyan round of the prestigious 2021 Kip Keino Classic where he smashed his own National Record and setting a new African Record of 9.77

Kenyan National 100m record holder finished second behind American Trayvon Bromell in a World Lead time of 9.76 while former Olympic and World Champion Justin Gatlin was third in 10.03.

“I have been nominated many times for this award and today I am happy to win it. It is always good to be appreciated back home for your exploits. I thank LG and SJAK for thinking about sports men and women, it means a lot because our efforts are recognized,” a happy Omanyala, who was accompanied by his wife Laventer Amutavi said.

He added, “I am training hard, working on perfecting my start because I will be going for the big boys next year. We have many events like the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, African Championships and I am certain I will post better times.”

In winning the coveted monthly award, Omanyala took home an LG SolarDOM Oven worth Ksh 65,000 which is a 3-in-1 oven that is used for heating, grilling and baking.

To win the September Award, Omanyala floored other top nominees including the late Agnes Tirop, Malkia Strikers captain Mercy Moim, Sharon Chepchumba, Gladys Ekaru and Noah Kibet.

Mourners, athletes demand justice Agnes Tirop at funeral

Olympic running greats came together on Saturday to bid farewell to rising Kenyan star Agnes Tirop, whose murder earlier this month sent shockwaves across the nation and the athletics world.

A double world championships bronze medallist tipped for future stardom on the track, Tirop was buried in a white casket in central Kenya on what would have been her 26th birthday.

Her body was found on October 13 with stab wounds in the bedroom of her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub for top-class athletes.

Tirop’s husband appeared in court this week as a suspect in her killing after being arrested and remanded in custody.

Among the mourners gathered in Mosoriot, Tirop’s childhood village about 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Eldoret, were two-time Kenyan Olympic champion David Rudisha and fellow gold medallists Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai of Uganda.

Many in the congregation wore the signature red shirts of Athletics Kenya, which described Tirop as a “jewel” and one of the fastest-rising stars on the international running circuit.

Her death sparked outpourings of grief and condolences from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, but also anger at a life taken so young.

Impassioned speakers at her funeral demanded swift justice for Tirop, and huge crowds marched in Eldoret on Friday calling for an end to violence against women.

Tirop’s death has thrown a spotlight on the pressures faced by the country’s female athletes who pay a huge — and often tragic — price for their spectacular success in a male-dominated society.

Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo also came today as we lay our girl Agnes Tirop to rest. PHOTO: COURTESY

“The injustice against female athletes here in Kenya is a threat to all of us athletes all over the world,” said Olympic 5000 metres champion Cheptegei.

“We are here in solidarity to show that we condemn such acts in such a manner.”

Athletics Kenya announced on Saturday that the Kenyan leg of the World Cross Country Tour would be named after Tirop.

Born to a peasant farming family, Tirop launched her athletics career less than a decade ago but swiftly ran up a host of second-place finishes in national and international cross country races.

She went on to become one of Kenya’s rising stars — as the 2015 world cross-country champion, a two-time world medallist over 10000m, and came fourth over 5000m at the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Athletics Kenya postpone Cross Country series

Athletics Kenya has postponed the first and second leg of the Cross Country Championships series that were set to be held in Machakos and Iten respectively in honor of world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop who was found dead in her house at the free-area in Iten, Egeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday morning.

The AK president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said the best thing is to postpone the competitions that were to be held at the Machakos People’s Park next this weekend, so they allow the athletics fraternity to mourn and prepare a proper send-off for Tirop.

“In view of the latest developments, in honor of our fallen athlete, we have postponed the first and second legs of the AK Cross Country Series. The same goes for any other athletics events that were planned within the next two weeks,” said Tuwei.

“As a federation and in our individual capacities, we once more, condemn this atrocious murder. Nothing justifies taking the life of another person. Albeit the circumstances leading to this incident remain unclear, this was a death that was quite unnecessary and a huge blow not only to the athletics fraternity but also the local sporting industry of which Tirop was one of the fastest rising stars” The AK president said.

AK will pay a visit to the family of the deceased tomorrow to condole with them.

President Uhuru Kenyatta: Track down the person responsible for Agnes Tirop’s Death

President Uhuru Kenyatta has led Kenyans in mourning the sudden death of former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop.

The world 10km record holder was found dead in her house at the free-area in Iten, Egeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday morning. The athlete, who has dominated both track and road running was part of team kenya at the Olympic Games and finished 4th in the 5,000m in a race won by Netherland Sifan Hassan.

The president’s message of condolence and comfort to the family, friends, relatives, and the athletics fraternity, the President mourned Agnes as a Kenyan hero and champion whose death is a big blow to the country’s sporting ambitions and profile.

“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, she had brought our country so much glory through her exploits on the global athletics stage including in this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she was part of the Kenyan team in Japan,” the President eulogized.

“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people,” the President said, and directed the police to hasten the search and apprehension of the athlete’s killers.

“I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law,” the Head of State directed.

The Head of State, who is out of the country on an official visit of the US, prayed for God’s grace and calm for the family, friends, relatives and supporters of Agnes Tirop as they come to terms with the athlete’s shocking death.

Shock as Agnes Tirop is found dead

Shock has gripped the Athletics world as the 2019 World bronze medallist champion; Agnes Tirop has been found dead this morning.

Tirop who recently smashed the 10km women at Road to Records last month has passed away in an explained circumstance that has left everyone in shock.

Agnes Tirop shows her new world record time at the Road to Records in Germany. PHOTO: Getty Images

The 2015 World Cross Country Champion was found this morning at her Iten home with stab wounds in the abdomen.

Her passing comes just two months after she finished fourth for her country at the Games. Her death has been confirmed by the Youth and Development officer, Barnabas Korir, who is also the Nairobi Branch chairman.

The 25 year-old slashed 28 seconds from the 19-year-old women-only mark for 10km as she clocked 30:01 breaking the 2002 record that had been set by Asmae Leghzaoui from Moroccan.

Kalkidan Gezahegne destroys the 10km women world record

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist in 10,000m race, Kalkidan Gezahegne from Bahrain destroyed the women only 10km world record at the Giants Geneva 10K Race that was held on Sunday (3) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 30-year-old who was running her fourth road race of her career, reached the half-way point in a time of 14:46 and she was five-second ahead of two Kenyans, Celliphine Chespol and Agnes Tirop, who last month set a women-only world record of 30:01 for the 10km distance.

The 30 year-old cut the tape in a new personal best of 29:38 to take five seconds off the women’s world record for a 10km road race.

Gezahegne who won silver behind Sifan Hassan at the Tokyo Olympics in August, bettered the mark of 29.43 set by Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017.

Agnes Tirop, who last month set a new record for women-only races at the distance in a time of 30.01 was forced to settle in second place in 30:20 with Celliphine Chespol crossing the line in third in 30:28.

Edward Zakayo is back as Kenya lines up its best at the Kip Keino Classic

Kenya will be lining up the best field ever at the second edition of Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour set for Saturday (18) at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

Two time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon leads Kenyan list that has world Under-20 1,500m champion Purity Chepkirui, Continental Cup 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet, former World 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono and The 2017 World Athletics Under-18 Championships 1,500m bronze medallist, Edinah Jebitok.

The Kenyans will be battling for the title against former world indoor 1,500m silver medallist Axumawit Embaye, African Games 800m champion Hirut Meshesha, Gela Hambese, Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo.

In the men’s field, reigning world under-20 champion Vincent Keter, Abel Kipsang alongside Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot.

Former world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo, who is back after a long time and he will be battling with former Africa junior champion Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop for the honors in 5,000m.

After setting 10km world record, two time World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will have a date with former World Cross Country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait, and world 5,000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo will be in women’s 5,000m as well as world under-20 3,000m champion Teresiah Muthoni gateri and Eva Cherono

Fresh from winning an Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase title in Tokyo, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali El Bakkali will be taking on Tokyo Olympics Games 3,000m bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen, world under-20 champion Amos Serem, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abraham Kibiwott and 2016 world under-20 champion Amos Kirui as well as Ethiopia Chala Beyo, Samuel Firewu and Abraham Sime.

In women steeplechase race, Olympic champion and Ugandan Peruth Chemutai will lead the contingent that has two-time world under-20 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol, and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Purity Kirui, world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Hyvin Kiyeng.

National 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa will be up against two time world 100m champion Justin Gatlin in the 100m title chase.

World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa will take on world 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda in the women’s 800m.

Olympic 800m silver medalist Ferguson Rotich will run alongside Cornelius Tuwei and Collins Kipruto.