Kenya’s Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto has been released on bail after pleading not guilty to charges of defilement.

Reports state that Kipruto, who is a policeman, has been charged with having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.

According to the BBC his case is set to be heard in May 2021, just a couple of months before the Tokyo Olympics at which the 25-year-old would have planned to defend his title.

As well as gaining gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Kipruto has also won two world steeplechase titles as well as two world silver medals and Commonwealth gold.

In 2020 he had been due to race at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco but he was forced to withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus.

Source: AW