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ATHLETICS: Kenya's Jeptoo banned for two years

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 1:59 PM
Rita Jeptoo - AP

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, who won the Boston and Chicago marathons, has been banned for two years after failing a drug test.

She became Kenya's first high-profile athlete to fail a test, when she tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in September.

However, Jeptoo says she may have been prescribed some banned substances at a local hospital after a road accident.

She has become the 45th Kenyan athlete to have failed a doping test.

David Rudisha, the Olympic 800 metre champion, says he fears for Kenya's hard-won reputation after repeat allegations of doping.

Jeptoo's ban comes only a few days after Athletics Kenya announced that eight more Kenyan athletes have been suspended for between one and four years for taking performance-enhancing drugs.


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