Asbel Kiprop, 1500m Olympic and three-time world champion has tested positive for a banned substance in a routine out of competition test. The news is a major blow to Kenyan athletics after Jemima Sumgong, Olympic gold medallist, was banned last year for testing positive for EPO, a banned substance. She was banned for four years.
Mail Online reports that Kiprop is arguing there has been an error with a sample taken in late 2017.
”I have read the reports linking me to doping. As an athlete, I have been at the forefront of the fight against doping in Kenya, a fight I strongly believe in and support.
”I would not want to ruin all what I have worked for since my first international race in 2007. I hope I can prove that I am a clean athlete in every way possible,” he said.
Kiprop has been on the start list of the opening Diamond League of the season in Doha since the event began in 2010 but he is not listed among the athletes to compete there this coming Friday.
The 28-year-old shot to prominence in 2008 when, aged just 19, he finished second in the Olympic 1500m final in Beijing. He was only narrowly beaten by Rashid Ramzi but his silver medal was upgraded to gold when the Bahraini runner tested positive for CERA, which is a modern form of EPO.
At the world championships Kiprop dominated his event, winning in 2011, 2013 and 2015, running the third fastest 1500m in history in 2015 too.