Agnes Jebet Tirop


October 17, 2021

Agnes Jebet Tirop (born October 23, 1995 in Uasin Gishu; † before or on October 13, 2021 in Iten) was a Kenyan long-distance runner.

Athletic career

Tirop won the bronze medal in the 5000 meter run at the Junior World Championships in Barcelona in 2012. In 2013 she was second in the junior women's race at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz and won the team championship with Kenya. In the same year she took seventh place over 5000 meters at the Bislett Games in Oslo and ninth place at Weltklasse Zürich. At the Junior World Championships in Eugene in 2014, she repeated her success from 2012 with third place in the 5000 meter race. In 2015, she surprisingly won the World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang. This made her the second youngest cross-country world champion after the South African Zola Budd. At the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships, she won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meter final. In the weeks before her death, she competed in road races in Herzogenaurach and Geneva. In Herzogenaurach she set a new 10-kilometer world record in an all-women race with 30:01 minutes.


Tirop was found dead in her apartment on October 13, 2021 with multiple stab wounds in the stomach or neck. Her husband is considered a suspect and has been arrested.

Personal bests

3000 m: 8: 27.51 min, June 30, 2019 in Palo Alto 5000 m: 14: 20.68 min, July 21, 2019 in London 10 km road race: 30:01 min (world record), September 12, 2021 in Herzogenaurach


Agnes Jebet Tirop in the World Athletics database

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