Kenyan police have arrested the husband of record-breaking runner Agnes Tirop after she was found stabbed to death in her home this week.

"The suspect has been arrested in (the coastal city of) Mombasa," said George Kinoti, the Director of Criminal Investigation.

"He is in custody and he was arrested while fleeing."

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Mr Kinoti said a team had been set up to track down the husband, Emmanuel Rotich, after Ms Tirop's body was found in their home in the high-altitude athletics training centre of Iten yesterday.

Ms Tirop was considered a fast-rising star in distance running and her death shocked the nation and the world of athletics, with tributes pouring in for the 25-year-old.

Mr Kinoti said the suspect was expected to appear in court on Friday, adding: "He will face charges once investigations are completed."

Police issued pictures of the suspect, showing him in handcuffs and wearing a grey T-shirt with a red and white logo.