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Friday, January 23, 1998 Published at 19:37 GMT



Sport

World champion Kipketer has malaria
image: [ Wilson Kipketer celebrates beating Seb Coe's 16-year-old record ]
Wilson Kipketer celebrates beating Seb Coe's 16-year-old record

World 800-metres champion Wilson Kipketer has been laid low by malaria.

The Kenyan-born runner, who now lives in Denmark and runs for his adopted nation, fell ill in Faro, Portugal, last Monday, according to the Danish Athletics Federation.

Danish officials said they had initially kept the information secret "to assure Kipketer of the rest and calm he needed in the first days of his illness".

The officials said Kipketer, who broke Sebastian Coe's 16-year-old 800-metres record last August, had been advised not to return to Denmark but to continue undergoing treatment in Portugal.

World record holder Kipketer, 24, who was the 1997 IAAF Athlete of the Year, was training in Portugal in preparation for the upcoming season.








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