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Damaris Muthee Mutua killed in Kenya, police search for her boyfriend

A medal-winning young Olympian was killed over the weekend, becoming the second runner to die in the city in the past six months.

A Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete was found dead in her native country on Tuesday, an incident that has rekindled memories of the murder last year of record-breaking long-distance runner Agnes Tirop in the same city.

The body of Damaris Muthee Mutua was discovered at the notorious racing center of Iten in western Kenya and police said they had launched a manhunt for her Ethiopian boyfriend.

Mutua, 28, competed for Kenya as a junior athlete and won two bronze medals at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore and the East Africa Junior Athletics Championships in Khartoum, before changing allegiance to Bahrain.

“According to Mutua’s immediate neighbour, her boyfriend was seen in the house on Sunday morning. It is likely that the incident happened late Saturday or early Sunday as the body was in a state of decomposition,” county police chief Tom Makori told AFP.

“We launched a manhunt for the Ethiopian who allegedly fled the country.”

The sleepy farming town of Iten, a high-altitude endurance training center for top athletes, hit the headlines in October when Tirop was found stabbed to death in her home.

The murder of Tirop, a rising star in long-distance running and a two-time World Championship bronze medalist, has sent shockwaves through the country and the athletics world.

Tirop’s ex-husband, Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich, has been charged with her murder and remains in custody, but he has denied the charges against him.

A bail hearing for Rotich has been repeatedly postponed and is now set for April 27.