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Asbel Kiprop nursing injuries after motorcycle accident

Kiprop dismissed claims he was involved in a bar fight which left him with the injuries.

Asbel Kiprop nursing injuries after accident

Former 1500 metres Olympic gold-medalist Asbel Kiprop is nursing injuries after a motorcycle accident on Friday May 20, which left a few stiches on his head.

According to Kiprop, he was heading back to his farm when he got involved in the accident. He dismissed reports that he was involved in a bar fight that left him with the injuries.

“It was on a Friday afternoon when the incident happened while heading to one of my farms back in the village. It was on a murram road not bar fighting as I have been reading on social media. After the incident, I went to Eldoret Hospital where I was treated and I am now back home recuperating well,” Kiprop stated.

He bashed those selling the narrative he was injured in a bar fight questioning why people were so negative about other people's affairs.

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Kiprop whose doping ban ended in February will be back on the track, this time in the 800 metres race, and will look to get a place to compete in the world championships.

Kiprop who had also earlier made a post castigating violence said readers took it out of context and was not as they thought.

“Violence in every tussle will solve nothing. Great battles are won without fighting. Nature is the master, and so we are,” he had earlier written.

After calls for a clarification, he told the Standard: “People misinterpreted my message. I was not insinuating that I had been harmed in a fight.”

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The athlete said the accident will not affect his training schedule and is looking forward to the world championships.

Kiprop won the 2008 1500 metres Olympic gold medal in Beijing. In 2019 he was slapped with a three-year ban after testing positive for doping.

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