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Agnes Tirop, Kenyan, broke the world record in Germany for a 10km women's road race in September
Agnes Tirop, Kenya's world record holder, was found dead at her home. Iten is a training center for many athletes.
Two-time World Athletics Championships bronze medallist was 25, who placed fourth in the Olympic 5Km final two months back.
BBC Sport Africa was informed by Kenyan police that they are still investigating her death. They also had crime scene investigators at her home on Wednesday.
Tirop broke the world record for a female-only 10km race on Germany's roads last month.
"Athletics Kenya are this evening distraught to learn of the untimely passing of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop," the nation's athletics body stated in a statement.
We are still trying to uncover more information about her death. Kenya lost a gem who was one of the most prominent international athletes, thanks to her spectacular performances on the track.
Tirop was 0.75 seconds behind Gudaf Tsegay, Ethiopia's bronze medallist, at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Tirop impressed not only on the track, but also with her bronze 10,000m medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships.
She set a time in September of 30 minutes, one second, in Herzogenaurach (Germany), and shaved 28 seconds from the 10km road race record she had set in 2002.
Tirop started her career in 2011 as a junior athlete, winning two bronze medals in the 5,000m at the world junior championships.
After a swift ascent, she won in China the senior World Cross Country championships. She became the second youngest medallist at this level four years later.
Athletics Kenya stated that it wished to "strengthen [Tirop]'s] family members and friends during this difficult time".