Olympic and world 3,000 metres steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday, August 14, 2020.
The 25-year-old is a 16-time Diamond League champion in the event and two-time World Athletics Championships gold medallist and two-time silver medallist.
Kipruto, whose personal best is eight minutes 0.12 seconds, said he was in great shape ahead of the event and hoped to break the world record which is currently held by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen (7:53.63).
Kipruto is the second high-profile athlete to contract the virus. On Aug 1. Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Wayde Van Niekerk, in the 400m, tested positive. Apparently, the so-called positive test may have had a false reading.
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.