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Asbel Kiprop fails doping test

Olympic and three times 1500m world champion Asbel Kiprop has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.

The Kenyan, who 10 years ago beat Kiwi silver medallist Nick Willis at the Beijing Olympics, is widely regarded as the finest 1500m runner of the last decade.

Kiprop’s agent, Federico Rosa, said he was aware of the rumour but was “still trying to get confirmation”, when contacted by The Daily Mail.

However, senior athletics sources have confirmed the 28-year-old failed an out of competition test.

A report in Kenya on Tuesday said a high profile runner who has “dominated world championships over the years” was embroiled in a doping scandal.

It also claimed, while there was no confirmation from the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) or Athletics Kenya (AK), that the substance was the same blood-boosting drug used by disgraced Kenyan Jemima Sumgong.

Sumgong, who won the women’s marathon at the Rio Olympics, last year tested positive for EPO and was subsequently banned for four years.

Kenya has been stung by a rash of positive tests in recent years. Between 2012 and 2016, 40 cases were reported, including marathon gun Rita Jeptoo.

Rosa said he was fearful Kiprop had indeed tested positive.

“I recognise it’s a big story, but if it’s true it will be very sad,” he said.

Kiprop, who won his last 1500m world title in 2015, shot to prominence as a 19-year-old, when he was narrowly beaten by Rashid Ramzi at the Beijing Olympics.

However, the Bahraini runner tested positive for a modern EPO and Kiprop and Willis moved up the podium.

Kiprop has competed in the opening Diamond League event of the season, in Doha, every year since 2010, but is not listed to compete on Saturday

Caster Semenya to be hit by new rule

The IAAF is set to reveal a new rule which is expected to greatly affect middle-distance star Caster Semenya.

The Daily Mail has reported that the world governing body for athletics will implement a move to limit naturally-produced testosterone for women in track races from 400 metres to the mile.

The controversial rule change for athletes with hyperandrogenism is expected to force Semenya either to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels, or change to longer-distance events, the Mail said.

The 27-year-old South African won Olympic gold in the women’s 800m in London 2012 and Rio 2016 and recently easily triumphed in the 800m and 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

A similar rule on hyperandrogenism was introduced by the IAAF in 2011  but in July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the regulations after an appeal by the Indian government on behalf of their sprinter, Dutee Chand, the Mail reported.

The IAAF president, Lord Coe, said last month the organisation wanted to protect the rights of female athletes.

“It is clear that this is one of the toughest subjects the council and I have been discussing,’ he said.

“This is about our responsibility to ensure, in simple terms, a level playing field. It is our sport and it is up to us to decide the rules.”

Source: stuff.co.nz