Asbel Kipruto Kiprop (born 30 June 1989) is a middle-distance runner from Kenya who specializes in the 1500 metres. After the original winner, Rashid Ramzi, tested positive for doping, he was awarded the gold medal in the 1500 m at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Kiprop has three World Championship titles in the event, having won them in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Kiprop received a four-year doping ban after failing his own doping test in November 2017.
He won his first major title, the 1500 m gold medal, at the 2007 All-Africa Games, and he also won the event at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics, improving on his bronze medal performance from 2008. His personal best is 3:26.69 for the distance.
His breakthrough season came in 2007, when he won junior race gold at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and then 1500 m gold at the All-Africa Games. At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, he ran a personal best to finish fourth in the 1500 m. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was named Most Promising Sportsman of the Year at the Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2007.
Kiprop also competed in the 800 m but was knocked out in the semi-finals.
He won gold in the 1500 m at the 2010 African Athletics Championships in Nairobi, running a championship record time of 3:36.19. He competed on the 2010 IAAF Diamond League circuit that year, winning at the Bislett Games, Prefontaine Classic, and British Grand Prix before winning the inaugural 1500 m Diamond League title at the Memorial van Damme. He competed for Africa in the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, but finished sixth.
In January, he competed in the 2011 Great Edinburgh Cross Country, finishing second to Eliud Kipchoge.
In July 2013, he won the Herculis (Monaco Diamond League) 1500 in 3:27.72, making him the fourth fastest man ever at the distance while still failing to break the meet record. Kiprop won the 1500m in 3:36.28 at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on August 18.
Kiprop set a meeting record for 1500m in 3:26.69 at the Monaco Diamond League event in 2015. This places him third all-time over the distance. Kiprop won his third world championship title in a row one month later in Beijing.
Kiprop finished sixth in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, failing to win another Olympic title.
In April 2019, he threatened the IAAF and the National Police Service on Twitter, writing, "I pray to the National Police Service to dismiss me now." Before I use their machinery to gain justice for myself. Kindly. Come take your medals, IAAF."
Kiprop is from the village of Kaptinga, which is located near Eldoret. David and Julia Kebenei raised him. David Kebenei, his father, was also an athlete who competed in the 1987 All-Africa Games in Kenya, finishing fourth in the 1500m race. Kiprop began running at the age of 13 while attending Simat School. He later dropped out of high school to focus on training. Kiprop trains at Eldoret's Kipchoge Keino High Performance Training Centre.
However, he was expelled from the camp in 2009 for violating the rules by bringing his girlfriend to the facility. Victor Kipchirchir Kebenei, his younger brother, is also a 1500-meter runner.
Kiprop sought support from his close friends after being sentenced to a four-year ban for doping violations. This resulted in the release of a semi-nude show that publicly exposed Kiprop's adultery with his friend's wife. "I was in a desperate situation. It is excessive. I desired attention. I despise how I'm feeling. "I don't know how to stop when people tell me not to post how I'm feeling on social media," Kiprop says.
Kiprop's given name, Asbel, means "determined."