August 8, 2020

Sports Conseslus Kipruto: Olympic champion tests positive for coronavirus and misses Monaco Diamond League


sports Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto (left) beats Ethiopia's Lamecha Girma (right) in a thrilling photo finish to win 3,000m steeplechase gold at the 2019 Doha World Championships
Conseslus Kipruto (left) beat Lamecha Girma (correct) in a thrilling photograph attain to buy gold at the 2019 Doha World Championships

Olympic and world 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will miss the first Diamond League occasion of the season in Monaco after checking out sure for coronavirus.

Kipruto, 25, had been one of 11 Kenyan athletes cleared to compete on 14 August after the French government waived their visa functions.

Nonetheless he launched he had failed the Covid-19 protocol test on Saturday.

“I scheme no longer possess any indicators and I used to be essentially in big shape,” he acknowledged.

“I used to be planning to transfer for the area file – it has stayed too long outside Kenya.”

Kipruto claimed gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics and received befriend-to-befriend world titles at London in 2017 and Doha final one year.

He has a deepest only of eight minutes 00.12 seconds, with Kenyan-born Qatar athlete Saif Saaeed Shaheen conserving the fresh males’s world file of seven: 53.63.

“I want to thank Monaco for all of the work they’ve carried out and I want them and my colleagues a fair correct-attempting competition,” added Kipruto.

“Athletics is befriend and I will be befriend as properly.”

Following exhibition occasions in Oslo and Zurich in June and July, Monaco will imprint the initiate of the aggressive season.

An extra six occasions, at the side of an exhibition road occasion in Lausanne, are for the time being scheduled to happen this one year, after meetings in Eugene, London, Paris, Rabat, Gateshead and Shanghai were all cancelled thanks to coronavirus.

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