The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kiprop to Limit Grand Prix Running to Prepare for Moscow Show

World 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop has fully recovered from an injury and is ready to defend his title in the forthcoming world athletics championships in Moscow, Russia.

Asbel who came home a disappointing 12th at the Olympic Games in London has recovered from an ankle injury and is ready to battle the world in Moscow.

The one mile runner of the Kenya Police team was speaking after winning the 800m heat at the Athletics Kenya (AK)/National Bank of Kenya (NBK) weekend meeting at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi.

Asbel returned 1:44.08 to win heat one and post the eigthth fastest time of the men's 800m heats.

The runner said he was using the 800m race to test his speed ahead of the IAAF Diamond League in Doha and Shanghai, China where he will run the 1500 meters

"My coach will advise me accordingly if at all it will be necessary to compete in the finals today," he said.

He said his next local race will be in the Kenya Police championships and the AK national championships.

Kiprop said he will limit his participation in the Grand prix circuit this year after the Olympics flop last year. Kiprop and Commonwealth games champion Silas Kiplagat were heavily criticised for a lacklustre display at the London games where thy finished outside the medal brackets despite being the favourites for the race. The duo had set the fastest time in the year two weeks to the games but struggled at the games. Kiprop said he has learnt from last year and was ready to hit top form at the World championship.

"I have learnt my lesson from the last Olympics so my coach and I have opted to scale down on the races we will participate this year to be in good condition for the world championship" added Kiprop.

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