Agnes Tirop, 25, was discovered with stab wounds to her stomach at her home in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday. She had completed fourth within the 5,000m race within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Ms Tirop’s dying, with a criminal offense scene in place at her dwelling.
The athlete’s dying was confirmed by Barnaba Korir, the chairperson of Athletics Kenya in Nairobi area.
In an announcement posted to social media, he stated: “Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to study in regards to the premature dying of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop.
“Tirop was discovered useless at their dwelling in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband.
“We’re nonetheless working to unearth extra particulars surrounding her demise.”
Mr Korir added that after Ms Tirop’s dying, “Kenya has misplaced a jewel”.
He continued to say she was “one of many fastest-rising athletics giants on the worldwide stage, because of her eye-catching performances on the observe”.
The chairperson then added: “Simply final month, she broke the women-only file within the girls’s 10km at Street to Information Race in Germany, timing 30:01.
“Final week, she completed a formidable second, timing 30:20 on the Valencia Half Marathon.
“Tirop’s embellished CV additionally features a World Cross Nation title in 2015 throughout which she made historical past because the second youngest medalist at that degree.
“She additionally gained the Africa Cross Nation Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda in addition to the World Junior Cross Nation Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
“We pray that God might grant power to household and mates at this tough time.”
Representing Kenya at this 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics, she competed within the 5,000m race.
She simply narrowly missed out on the bronze medal as she completed in fourth place in a season’s greatest time of 14:39.62.
Final month, she set a brand new world file within the women-only 10km race on the Street To Information occasion in Germany on September 12, crossing the road in 30:01, beating the earlier time by 28 seconds.
After the race she stated: “I’m so glad to interrupt the world file.
“The tempo was powerful however I felt my physique was responding nicely.”