Asbel Kiprop Targets World Championships In Oregon After Suspension

Asbel Kiprop Targets World Championships In Oregon After Suspension

www.athleticshour.com | Kenya | Nairobi

After his four-year doping penalty expired on Wednesday, Kenya’s former Olympic and three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop promised to make a successful return to the track.

Kiprop, 32, was suspended in April 2019 for taking the blood-booster EPO, although he has maintained his innocence throughout.

“I was falsely accused of doping,” says the athlete. But I’ve accepted my fate, done my sentence, and am now eager to go back on the track,” he disclosed to AFP.

He stated that the World Championships in Hayward Field, Oregon, in June were his primary goal.

Asbel Kiprop Kebenei was born on 30 June 1989 and he is a middle-distance runner, who specialises in 1500 metres. He was the first Kenyan to be a World 1500m Champion. He is the First Kenyan to complete a 1500m hat trick. He is the youngest ever winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics 1500m gold, a record previously held by Arnold Jackson since 1912.

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At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Kiprop became the first Kenyan to win the 1500m gold.

After the original winner, Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain, tested positive for doping, he went on to win two more world titles in 2013 and 2015 to add to the 2008 Olympic gold medal he was awarded.

Kiprop, a police chief inspector, claimed he’ll make his domestic comeback on April 6 in the Kenyan police track and field championships in Nairobi, where he’ll compete for a spot in the national championships and world athletics trials.

He will, however, miss the 1500m in favor of the 800m, which was his first event as a junior athlete.

“I want to start small and win for my employers, the Kenya police, who diligently stood by me all the four years,” said Kiprop.

“I want to begin like an amateur,” he quipped. “It is going to be a hard time since I have to shed my weight by five kilogrammes (11 pounds). I want to post good times and progressively go up the ladder and qualify to represent Kenya again.”

“I don’t anticipate any opposition from the Kenyan athletics federation, which have in the past refused to accept athletes who have served major doping suspensions from competing for the country due to the negative publicity that accompanies them.”

The World Athletics Championships Oregon 2022 will begin on Friday, 15 July 2022 and ends on Sunday, 24 July.
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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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