NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Sarah Chepchirchir, the 2017 Tokyo
Marathon winner and a sister-in-law of banned Olympic champion
Jemimah Jelagat Sumgong, is the latest high-profile Kenyan
distance runner to be suspended from competition for doping.
Chepchirchir and two little known compatriots, Samson Mungai
Kagia and James Mwangi Wangari, will not be eligible for
competition after the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) charged the
trio with violations of the IAAF anti-doping rules.
"The AIU has provisionally suspended Kenyan long-distance
runner Sarah Chepchirchir with immediate effect for violation of
the IAAF anti-doping rules," the AIU confirmed on Monday.
Chepchirchir came to prominence on Feb. 26, 2017 when she
posted a tremendous breakthrough performance of 2:19:47 to win
the women’s title at the Tokyo race that is part of the
prestigious World Marathon Majors elite circuit.
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