Kenyan Agnes Tirop, two-time bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters at the world championships and gold at the cross-country world championships in 2015, was found dead with stab wounds to the abdomen at her home in the training center. high altitude of Iten, in western Kenya.
It could be a murder, Kenyan sports officials said.
Strongly suspected is the ex-husband.
The 25-year-old athlete finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.
She was considered a rising star of track and field in her country.
Tirop came third at the 2017 World Cup in London and in 2019 in Doha.
"Kenya has lost a diamond, one of the fastest growing female athletes on the international scene thanks to its remarkable performances on the track" Athletics Kenya recalled in a statement.