World and Olympic champion Asbel Kirop has become the latest high profile athlete in Kenya to be tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) according to the Sportsmail.
The three-time world champion in 1,500m champion tested positive for the banned substance, a member of Dr. Rosa Associati based in Uasin Gishu County.
According to the report on Sportsmail, failed the out of competition test, which is a massive blow to Kenyan athletes especially Athletics Kenya which has been campaigning for clean sport in the country as well as Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).
Kiprop, the former Olympic champion joins other high profile athletes to have been caught using banned substances like Jemima Sumgong, the Olympic women’s marathon champion in Rio in 2016, tested positive for EPO and former Boston marathon champion Rita Jeptoo.
But it is a measure of the IAAF’s willingness to catch even the biggest names since the formation of the Athletics Integrity Unit under the presidency of Lord Coe.
Kiprop has been on the start list of the opening Diamond League of the season in Doha since the event began in 2010 but he is not listed among the athletes to compete there this coming Friday.
The 28-year-old shot to prominence in 2008 when, aged just 19, he finished second in the Olympic 1500m final in Beijing. He was only narrowly beaten by Rashid Ramzi but his silver medal was upgraded to gold when the Bahraini runner tested positive for CERA, which is a modern form of EPO.
At the world championships Kiprop dominated his event, winning in 2011, 2013 and 2015, running the third fastest 1500m in history in 2015 too.