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RUN JOURNAL: ASBEL KIPROP The son of a world-class distance runner, Asbel Kiprop was born to run the mile. The two-time world champion in the 1500 metres stands well over six feet tall with incredibly long legs and a light, stretched-out frame.

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MEET ONE OF THE FASTEST MEN ON THE PLANET.

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The Run Dept. caught up with Asbel in Kenya. He carries himself with calm confidence, owning every metre of his height. But it’s a body that’s most awe-inspiring when in motion: Watching Kiprop run makes you question if he even needs to touch the ground at all.

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“I WILL RUN AS LONG AS MY BODY WILL ALLOW ME TO,” ASBEL SAYS. “IN THE FUTURE, I’D REALLY LOVE TO BE A COACH, TO SET UP A CAMP AND HELP YOUNG RUNNERS.”

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Running comes naturally to him. Asbel’s dad gave him his first pair of running shoes once his feet stopped growing.

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Asbel’s favorite place to run is Monaco (Diamond League Herculis). It’s no wonder—last year, he won the 1500m there, clocking his best time ever (3:27.72), and one of the fastest in history.

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“IT FEELS GREAT TO RUN THAT FAST. IT FEELS LIKE THERE ARE NO OBSTACLES.”

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“It’s a little surprising that Kenya is able to stay at the top because times keep getting so much faster. The top times are so much closer than they used to be.”

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THERE IS NATURAL TALENT HERE, BUT ALSO A WILLINGNESS TO WORK INCREDIBLY HARD.

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“WE HAVE TO KEEP PUSHING OUR TRAINING TO STAY ON TOP.”

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