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Another Kenyan Athlete Found Murdered

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A female Kenyan athlete, 28-year-old Damaris Muthee Mutua has been found murdered in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Mutua was found dead in her house in Lillies Estate Iten town on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Muthee was allegedly murdered by an Ethiopian athlete two days ago and fled only to call friends to inform them of the incident from an unknown location.

The late Kenyan athlete Damaris Muthee Mutua. /COURTESY

Her body was still inside the apartment at the time of publication as investigations were launched into the matter.

Muthee had amassed accolades during the 20 kilometres Marrakesh Marathon on October 7, 2018 where she finished first at a time of 1:08:28.

According to records by World Athletics, her last involvement was the 10KM International de Dakhla in Dakhla, Morocco on December 22, 2019, where she finished seventh at a time of 33:14.

Her only other major success was still in Morocco but on May 14, 2017, in the 10 km race in Fes, placing first in 33:38.

She also participated in the Maputo half marathon in 2018 as well as Agadir Marathon in Morocco in 2017, placing second on both occasions.

The athlete held Bahrainian citizenship and had run for Kenya in 2015.

Muthee’s murder comes after another athlete was on October 13, 2021, found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, with wound, stabs in her abdomen. That athlete was Kenya’s 5,000m women’s representative to Tokyo 2020 Olympics Agnes Tirop.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics star had just become the world record holder in September after she won the 10km road race in a time of 30:01 during the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany. 

At the age of just 19, Tirop become the youngest winner of the World Cross since Zola Budd in 1985, the second-youngest gold medalist in World Cross Country Athletics history.

She was also the junior champion at the African Cross Country Championships in 2014. 

The world 10,000m bronze medalist holds a 5000m record of 14:50.36. She had clinched a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres event at the 2017 World Championships.

CCTV footage placed Ibrahim Rotich, the main suspect in the murder of Tirop at the scene of the crime. She was murdered on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 12, the day before her body was found.

Police during their investigations found a note that contained his confession to killing Tirop before he ran away from her home, bound for outside the Kenyan territory. It alleged that Rotich ended Tirop’s life out of the many squabbles that hurt their relationship.

The late Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop. /CGTN

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