Kenya's Kiprop eyes Olympic gold as Ramzi failed dope test 2009-04-30 08:06:14   Print

    NAIROBI, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Asbel Kiprop who won Olympic 1,500m silver medal is relishing the prospect of being elevated to gold after Bahraini runner Rashid Ramzi failed a dope test.

    Kiprop, who is training in western Kenyan town of Eldoret, stand to be declared the 1,500m Olympic champion if as expected, Ramzi is stripped off the gold medal he won in Beijing following his positive test for Cera, an advanced form of EPO.

    On Monday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said re-testing had led to seven positive tests involving six athletes among them, the Moroccan born athlete.

    "It's interesting to learn that I could be an Olympic champion but that is not the way I wanted to be a gold medalist," said Kiprop.

    "It means more to win on the track in the natural way but I will wait for the final verdict," Kiprop, 19, who was suspended from the IOC/IAAF Kip Keino High Performance Training Centre, last month, told journalists.

    "I run my best during that final and losing to Ramzi was painful. I was training to make amends at the World Championships but to learn that I lost to a runner who cheated makes me very unhappy," Kiprop, who ran 3:33.1 for the silver medal in Beijing, charged.

    When contacted IOC's local affiliate, National Olympic Committee of Kenya secretary, F K Paul said, "I have not received communication from them about the matter but if that is the case, then Kiprop will definitely be promoted to gold."

    World athletics governing body, IAAF is expected to issue a ruling on the matter sometime next week.

    Should Ramzi, who won Bahrain's first gold medal in Beijing, be stripped off his title, Kenya's gold medal haul will rise to six.

    Pamela Jelimo (women's 800m), Nancy Jebet Lagat (women's 1,500m), Wilfred Bungei (men's 800m), Samuel Wanjiru (men's marathon) and Brimin Kipruto (men's 3,000m steeplechase) all won gold medals in Beijing Olympics.

Editor: Sun
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