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Returning steeplechaser targeting Shaheen’s world record
World and Olympics 3,000 metres steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is now raring to go after beating Covid-19.
The athlete tested positive for coronavirus three weeks ago, but has now returned a negative test for the virus and cleared to resume training.
Kipruto, who was due to start his season at the Monaco Diamond League, was forced to skip the race after contracting the deadly virus.
The Mosoriot-based Kipruto is focusing on his training as he looks forward to a better season after missing his first race.
“I’m happy because I have now been given clean bill of health after numerous tests which all turned negative. I have started training while following protocols from the Ministry of Health. My target is to improve my performance,” said Kipruto.
Kipruto will be waiting to get invitation from the Diamond League races where he hopes to lower the world record currently held by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen formerly known as Stephen Cherono of 7:53.63.
“My target this season is to run a world record time. With good preparations, I know it will be possible. The record has been there for a very long time and I need to bring it home,” he said.
He had been cleared to run
Kipruto was among the 15 athletes who had been cleared to compete in Monaco Diamond League in France after getting special dispensation visas to travel to the Principality.
He said when he received the results, he went into isolation at his home where health officials have been visiting him to offer him guidance on how to manage the virus.
“It has been hectic for me but I’m happy because I didn’t have any complications until I was declared fit to go on with my life. I have been training alone jumping the barriers which I had created at home before.
“I watched the Monaco race on television and I was impressed with how the athletes are still strong despite taking a break due to the virus which disrupted sporting events across the globe,” said Kipruto.
Athletes invited to compete abroad are supposed to undergo mandatory tests for Covid-19 72 hours before competing in any race.
Kipruto is also eyeing the Kip Keino Classic which shall be held on October 3 at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.