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Husband of slain Kenyan Olympian Tirop charged with murder

By AFP
Kenya Tirop was found dead at her home in western Kenya last month.  By Simon MAINA (AFP/File)
NOV 16, 2021 LISTEN
Tirop was found dead at her home in western Kenya last month. By Simon MAINA (AFP/File)

The husband of Kenyan distance running star Agnes Tirop was on Tuesday charged with her murder, a day after he was found fit to stand trial.

Ibrahim Rotich, who is commonly known as Emmanuel, denied the charges when he appeared before the high court in the Rift Valley town of Eldoret.

Tirop's body was found with stab wounds at her home in the nearby town of Iten, a training hub in western Kenya for top runners, on October 13.

The 25-year-old double world championships bronze medallist was considered a rising star in Kenyan athletics.

She came fourth in the 5,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics this year and broke the world women-only record in the 10km in September.

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