Tuesday 11 December 2018

Kenyan Olympic gold medalist and triple world champion Asbel Kiprop tests positive for EPO

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Asbel Kiprop of Kenya competes in the Men's 1500 metres semi finals during day eight of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Asbel Kiprop of Kenya competes in the Men's 1500 metres semi finals during day eight of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

Matt Slater

Olympic and three-time world 1500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop has become the latest Kenyan star to test positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO.

The 28-year-old - world champion in 2011, 2013 and 2015 - is believed to have failed an out-of-competition test.

While the Kenyan authorities have not yet confirmed that it was Kiprop, local media have been reporting that another leading runner has failed a test.

The news will come as a huge blow to both Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, as both organisations have been heavily criticised in recent years for being soft on drugs.

More than 40 Kenyan athletes have failed tests in recent years, including three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo and Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong.

Kiprop gained the Olympic gold in 2008 when Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi was stripped of his victory for failing a drugs test.

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