Asbel Kiprop

22 Facts about Asbel Kiprop you need to know as the 1500m KING Returns

Three times World 1500m Champion Asbel Kiprop has ended his four years banning sentence that he got from Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in 2018.

Below are his fact files:

  1. Asbel Kiprop Kebenei was born on 30 June 1989 and he a middle-distance runner, who specializes in the 1500 metres.
  2. He was the first Kenyan to be be a World 1500m Champion. 
  1. He is the First Kenyan to complete a 1500m hat trick.
  1. He is the youngest ever winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics 1500m gold, a record previously held by Arnold Jackson since 1912.
  1. Kiprop has won three World Championship titles in the event, in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
  1. Kiprop won his first major title at the 2007 All-Africa Games, taking the 1500 m gold medal.
  1. He won the 2010 African Championships in Athletics, improving upon a bronze medal performance from 2008. His personal best for the distance is 3:26.69.
  1. Kiprop breakthrough came at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and then the 1500 m gold at the All-Africa Games.
  1. He won the Most Promising Sportsman of the Year category at the 2007 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards (SOYA).

  1. Kiprop won his first Diamond League Meeting at the 2016 in Doha.
  1. He won bronze at the 2008 African 800m Championships
  1. He won silver medal at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final, finishing behind the African champion Haron Keitany.
  1. Kiprop is the 2010 African Championships gold medallist in Athletics, running a championship record time of 3:36.19 to win in Nairobi.
  2. Asbel Kiprop won his first 1500 m Diamond League title at the 2010 Memorial van Damme.
  3. Kiprop won silver at the 2011 Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January, in the short race behind Eliud Kipchoge.
  4. Asbel Kiprop won the 2011 world 1500m gold medal, defeating his Kenyan rival, Silas Kiplagat at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.
  5. Asbel Kirpop had his best cross country race since he was a junior runner at the Edinburgh race in 2012, defeating a field which contained Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele.
  6. Asbel Kiprop in July 2013, won the Herculis (Monaco Diamond League) 1500 in a time of 3:27.72, making him the fourth fastest man ever at the distance yet still not achieving the meet record.
  7. Asbel Kiprop set in 2015, a meeting record for 1500 metres 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.
  8. Kiprop is from Kaptinga village, near Eldoret. He is a son of David and Julia Kebenei. His father David Kebenei was also an athlete, who participated in the 1987 All-Africa Games in Kenya and finished fourth in the 1500 metres race.
  9. Kiprop started running at the age of 13, while at Simat School. Later he dropped out of high-school to concentrate on training.
  10. His younger brother Victor Kipchirchir Kebenei is also a 1500 metres runner.