Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto tests positive for coronavirus
Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion will miss the opening Diamond League meeting in Monaco
Last Updated: 09/08/20 9:59am
Olympic and world 3000 metres steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto has tested positive for coronavirus.
It means the Kenyan will now miss the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Monaco on August 14, the 25-year-old has confirmed.
Kipruto, whose personal best is 8 minutes 0.12 seconds, said he was in great shape ahead of the event and had set a target of breaking the world record of 7 minutes 53.63 seconds held by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen.
"Our World is going through a challenging period and we all have to take our responsibilities," Kipruto said on his Instagram page.
"Unfortunately my COVID-19 test, as part of the Monaco-protocol, came back positive and therefore I can't be part of the Monaco Diamond League on Aug 14.
"I don't have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for the world record. It has stayed too long outside Kenya."
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Our World is going through a challenging period and we all have to take our responsibilities. Unfortunately my covid-19 test, as part of the Monaco-protocol, came back positive and therefore I can’t be part of the Monaco Diamond League on August 14th. I don’t have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for the WR: it has stayed too long outside Kenya. As the World & Olympic Champion I feel strongly its something I should go for as well. Wish to thank Monaco for all the work they have done and I wish them and my colleagues a wonderful competition. Athletics is back and I will be back as well. Anyone willing to organise a steeple once I can be cleared? @diamondleaguemonaco #nike #quarantine #WR #Kenya
Kipruto was among 15 Kenyan athletes who had been cleared to compete in the Monaco leg after getting special dispensation visas to travel to the Monaco.
The Monaco Diamond League meeting will be followed by events in Stockholm, Lausanne, Brussels, Rome/Naples, Doha, and a yet-to-be-determined location in China.
Meetings in Eugene, London, Paris, Rabat, Gateshead and Shanghai have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.