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Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop tests positive for banned substance, vows to clear name

Former Olympic 1500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop vowed Wednesday to clear his name after reports he has tested positive for the endurance-boosting drug EPO.

Kenyan media reported a high-profile athlete had failed a doping test, without naming Kiprop.

British newspaper the Guardian quoted Kiprop as saying: “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.”

Kiprop’s agent, Frederico Rosa, told the Guardian he had also heard the rumours but had no further information.

The sample is believed to have come from an out-of-competition test taken late in 2017.

On social media, fans shared their shock at the news with Hajo Seppelt, the German journalist famed for blowing the whitsle on doping in Kenya, leading from the front.