Today we pay tribute to

Asbel Kiprop


Asbel Kiprop born on 30 June 1989 is a Kenyan middle-distance runner who specialises in the 1500 meters. Kiprop is from Kaptinga village, near Eldorect. He started running at the age of 13, while at Simat School. He dropped high-school to focus in his training.

He won his first major title at the 2007 All-Africa Games, taking the 1500m gold medal. Kiprop went ahead to win a junior race gold medal at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. He ran a personal best and finished fourth in the 1500m at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. In recognition of his achievements that year, he won the most promising Sportsman of the Year at the 2007 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards. In 2008, he ran at the African Championships in Athletics and took bronze medal in the 800m. He came fourth in the 1500m race. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kiprop was awarded the 1500 meters gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics after the original winner, Rashid Ramzi, tested positive for doping. He ended the year with a silver medal at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final, finishing behind the African champion Haron Keitany.

At the 2009 World Atheltics Championships, in Berlin he finished fourth for the second time in the 1500m. In 2010, at he African Championships Athletics he won gold in the 1500m running a record time of 3:36.19.He competed on the 2010 IAAF Diamond League circuit that year and secured the inaugural 1500m Diamond League title with a win at the final event at the Memorial Van Damme.Kiprop ran at the 2011 Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January and took second place in the short race behind Eliud Kipchoge. Later that year he became World Champion over 500m, defeating his Kenyan Rival, Silas Kiplagat at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. He was leading in the rankings of the 2011 IIAF Diamond League, having won at the Bislett Games Dream Mile.

In 2013, he won the Herculis (Monaco Diamond League) 1500 in a time of 3:27.72, making him fourth fastest man ever at the distance. On 18 August, at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Kiprop won the 1500 meters in 3:36.28. In 2015, he set a meeting record for 1500 meters at the Monaco Diamond League event in a time of 3:26.69. This put him third on the all-time list over the distance. One month later, he won his third consecutive 1500 meter World Championship title in Beijing.

Kiprop has stated his first name, Asbel, means determined.


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