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Disgraced champion Rita Jeptoo to serve two-year ban for doping

by John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya will have to forfeit her prize money and World Marathon Majors (WMM) jackpot after her sample B test turned positive on Friday.

A statement by Athletics Kenya (AK) confirmed that Jeptoo indeed failed a dope test, which was contacted on Sept. 25, an out- of-competition test, and will have to serve the mandatory two-year ban.


Rita Jeptoo, female winner of Boston Marathon | Coastweek

  "Athletics Kenya has received the results of the B sample analysis of Rita Jeptoo as per her request and in line with IAAF Rules and Regulations," said a statement from Athletics Kenya.

"The results of the analysis of the B sample which was conducted on 17th to 19th December 2014 at the WADA accredited laboratory of Lausanne confirmed the finding of the A sample. Consequently, Athletics Kenya will constitute the hearing of this case early January, 2015," it said.

AK President Isaiah Kiplagat had said Jeptoo’s B sample had been taken to Lausanne, Switzerland in a WADA accredited laboratory for examination.

Jeptoo tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of- competition test in late September, just weeks before winning for the second straight year in the Windy City.

This was after WADA official took her urine test.

Her blood and urine showed traces of the blood-boosting drug.

With the confirmation, Jeptoo will have to forfeit her 500,000 U.S. dollar jackpot for the WMM.

The cash award will now have to be paid out to second placed Edna Kiplagat, the World Marathon champion.

Jeptoo, 35, joined the sub-2:20 women’s marathoners club with a 2:19:57 victory at the 2013 Chicago Marathon.

BOSTON United States-- Rita Jeptoo, female winner of Boston Marathon near half way point. PHOTO - WIKIPEDIA
At Boston the following April she cut another minute off her personal best with a course record 2:18:57 with almost dead even splits of 1:09:29 and 1:09:28.

At Chicago in 2014 she became the first woman to break the winner’s banner in four consecutive races as she achieved a perfect 100 points for the 2013-14 seasons. But that result will be annulled because she failed the dope test.

Jeptoo first put her name on the roster of Boston Champions with a 10-second win at the 2006 race.


Athletics Kenya (AK) President Isaiah Kiplagat says more Kenyans doped in 2014

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- More Kenyans were caught doping beyond the names released by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Athletics Kenya (AK) President Isaiah Kiplagat confirmed Friday.

16 more cases have not been reported because the AK cannot track down the suspected athletes to hear their version of the story.

So far 32 cases of doping were reported and only 16 have been made public from Kenya.

"They are elusive.

"But we are doing our best to get hold of them.

"Most competed in Peru, Mexico, USA and Europe. A few cases were in Asia.

"The number is over 200.

"But only 32 were nabbed," Kiplagat told reporters in Nairobi.

Kenya has come under the spotlight for failing to curb the vice as several of their elite athletes rule the world in long distance races and marathon.

"We punish and warn these athletes not to get caught doping.

"Out of the 32 cases, this year, we have no clue on 16 cases.

"We don’t know where to find these athletes.

"There are maybe more cases to come.

"There are also five cases of transgender and IAAF wants us to determine the gender of these athletes if they are men or women by testing their hormones," said Kiplagat.

With a huge surplus after declaring their annual financial statements, the federation has not tried to invest the money in sensitizing, educating and curbing doping, save for one seminar it held in Eldoret.

But Kiplagat will not be taking the sticks insisting that even the cases revealed by the Germany TV, where 150 samples from the London Olympics Games, where IAAF is alleged to have been covering- up on doping, are all innocent.

"We can’t reveal the identity of these athletes.

"That is confidential unless their samples, which have been kept in a bank reveal different pattern of hemoglobin after subsequent tests.

"But many athletes try to clear their system, so that when tested again the banned drugs can’t be found. It is always difficult to trace them," Kiplagat said.


Chepng’etich targets Brussels conquest ahead of world cross in China

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s World Junior Cross Country champion Faith Chepng’etich will make her second show in Brussels on Sunday as she seeks to shake off the rust after a long break.

Chepng’etich is keen to stake claim to the World Cross Country championships, which will be held in Guiyang, China on March 28.

"I am just getting started.

"I had a long holiday after the track season.

"Winning the Commonwealth games was great and now, I must get my body ready for the cross country and I want gold in China," she said.

Chepng’etich will be making her debut as a senior in the discipline.

The 1,500m Commonwealth Games champion is keen to take her top form in junior to her senior competitions.

Also competing in Brussels are World Junior and Asian Games 3000m champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain Zewdnesh Ayele of Ethiopia and two time European champion Fionnuala Britton.

There is also Belgium’s Almensch Belete, while Louise Carton is another strong home contender.

Bulgaria’s Militsa Mircheva will hope to carry the form that took her to silver in the u23 race in Samokov.

The men’s race will see the top two from last year’s race return; Alex Kibet of Kenya and Albert Rop of Bahrain.



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