Asbel Kiprop reacts after winning the men's 1500m event at the National Stadium in Beijing, August 30, 2015 [Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson]

A close friend who trained with Asbel Kiprop has claimed that the athlete is generous and knows how to treat women.

“I trained with him until 2016.  Something could have been troubling him because his performance fell and he missed many races,” he recalled, adding that “when we were training, he was always on phone during morning hours. Sometimes when we went outing, he could splash up to Sh200,000 pocket money on one woman.”

But in February this year, Asbel had an ugly spat with his wife Sammary Cherotich over Sh5,000 medical fee for their sick son who was admitted at Eldoret Hospital.

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In an earlier interview, the mother of two told The Nairobian, “When I called him about the issue, he was not cooperative and insisted that I take the child to him. I asked the doctor to call him and explain the situation, but he still refused, even though what I was asking for was just Sh5,000 for treatment of our son.”

In response, Asbel claimed that “My wife took off without letting me talk to the children since September 2017. I have been trying to reach her in vain, and she keeps changing her contacts. I did not kick her out of the house. She left of her own volition.”

He added, “When I spoke to her uncle after she left, he told me to just leave her alone until she comes back to her senses because women are like that. The claims that the boy was sick were false. The boy’s photo that was shared online was meant to tarnish my name... he (the son) sleeps like that.”

Around the same time, the mother of two claimed Asbel had started forwarding his conversations and photos with other women, including a married magistrate based in Eldoret, to her.

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Towards the end of February, Asbel was alleged to have put a form three student in the family way and the photos of her resting on his chest sparked another exchange with Sammary.

But Asbel defended himself, saying, “All that is not true, in fact, we can produce her identity card…she is over 18 and she has cleared high school. My enemies are trying their best to tarnish my name because of the doping cases. The text messages were created by an athlete based in Ngong.”