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Manhunt for Tirop husband

Kenyan police were yesterday hunting for the husband of record-breaking runner Agnes Tirop who was stabbed to death in an incident that has shocked her home country and the world of athletics. Tirop’s husband Emmanuel Rotich was named by police as a suspect in the death of the 25-year-old double world championship medalist and Olympian, who has been hailed as a rising star cut short in her prime. “We are closing in on the manhunt for the killer,” Keiyo North police commander Tom Makori said yesterday, adding police were tracking down Rotich’s phone signal. Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds in the bedroom of her home in Iten in western Kenya, a high-altitude training hub for many top-class athletes. She was killed just a month after she smashed the women-only 10km world record at an event in Germany, with a time of 30:01, slicing 28 seconds off the previous record. Tirop was a double world 10,000 meters bronze medalist and 2015 world cross county champion. She finished fourth in the 5,000 at the Tokyo Olympics this year.


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