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Asbel Kiprop In Zürich To Continue 1500m Dominance

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 8, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM UTC
The 1500m world champion, Asbel Kiprop, signs children's jerseys in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: IAAF

In Daegu, he became the first Kenyan to ever win a world title in the 1500m.

The 1500m world champion, Asbel Kiprop, signs children's jerseys in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: IAAF

After becoming the first Kenyan to win the world 1,500m title, Asbel Kiprop flew to Switzerland to race the Weltklasse Zürich. Yesterday, he appeared at the Jugend trainiert mit Weltklasse event, a kid’s clinic where children trained with top track and field athletes like Kiprop.

“The World title in Daegu was a great achievement especially after missing the podium in Osaka and Berlin where I finished fourth,” said Kiprop while at the event. “It will be a tough race against a great runner like Abubaker Kaki,” he added referring to his upcoming race later this week.  ”I have a special memory of 2008 when I came to Zurich after the Olympic Games in Beijing.”

While interacting with the children, Kiprop recalled his days as a child in Kenya and his first experience as a middle-distance runner at the age of 13.

“I enjoyed interacting with children, answering their questions. Sometimes I go to schools in Kenya to talk with children”, he recalled.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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