Successful Olympic participant Agnes Jebet Tirop was found dead in her home.
According to initial reports, the 25-year-old is said to have been killed.
Nairobi - A tragedy shocks the athletics * world.
The Kenyan Olympic * participant and road world record holder Agnes Jebet Tirop was found dead in her house, her athletics association confirmed.
According to other reports, it is believed that the 25-year-old died under violent circumstances.
Agnes Tirop: Olympic participant found stabbed - official confirms fears
First, photos of a police operation in Iten, Kenya, were made public on Wednesday.
The city in the north-west of the country is known as the main base for long-distance running and as a training location for successful runners.
As ex-track and field athlete and official Barnaba Korir published in a Facebook * statement, there is said to have been an argument in Tirop's house.
As the chairman of Athletics Kenya wrote on Wednesday lunchtime, she was found lifeless "after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband".
According to other media reports, Tirop is said to have been discovered with stab wounds in the abdomen.
Work is now being done to find out more details about the case.
Korir also speaks of a "disturbing" incident that Kenya has "lost a jewel".
Agnes Tirop: Kenyan finished fourth at the Olympics - shortly before her death, she set a record
Tirop was one of the world's best runners in her disciplines and was able to record some successes.
At the Olympic Games in Tokyo * in August, she narrowly missed a medal in the 5,000-meter run and ultimately came in fourth.
She landed her greatest coup at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, when she won the bronze medal.
She collected medals at a young age, so in 2015, at the age of 19, she won the cross-country championship title and became the second youngest world champion in this category.
She also triumphed at the Africa Cross Country Championship in Uganda the year before, and in 2013 she won the team championship with Kenya at the 2013 Junior World Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
In the recent past, too, Tirop built on her achievements and even set a new record.
Most recently, it set a new world record over ten kilometers on the road a month ago in Herzogenaurach.
On October 3, she was second in a road race in Geneva over the same distance.
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