Asbel Kiprop

Asbel Kiprop

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Asbel Kiprop (born June 30, 1989 in Uasin Gishu) is a Kenyan middle-distance runner who specializes in the 1500 metres. Kiprop was awarded the 1500 m gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics after the original winner, Rashid Ramzi, tested positive for doping.. The Times (South Africa). 2009-07-07

He won his first major title at the 2007 All-Africa Games, taking the 1500 m gold medal, and also won the event at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics, improving upon a bronze medal performance from 2008. His personal best for the distance is 3:31.20 minutes.


The 2007 season became his breakthrough year, when he won junior race gold medal at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and then the 1500 m gold at the at the All-Africa Games. He ran a personal best to finish fourth in the 1500 m at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. In recognition of his achievements, he won the Most Promising Sportsman of the Year category at the 2007 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards.

He ran at the 2008 African Championships in Athletics and took the bronze medal in the 800 m and came fourth in the 1500 m race. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kiprop was narrowly beat out by Bahraini Rashid Ramzi for the gold medal. However, Kiprop was awarded the gold medal after...
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