Olympic marathon champion Sumgong banned 8 years for doping lie

Paris (AFP) – Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Jemima Jelagat Sumgong has had her doping ban doubled to eight years for trying to tamper with a positive test for EPO,

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Sumgong, whose triumph at the 2016 Rio Games made her the first Kenyan woman to win the Olympic marathon crown, was found to have provided “fraudulent medical information”.

She had already been banned for four years for failing an out-of-competition test five months after winning the Olympic gold.

She had tried to explain her positive test by claiming she had suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy that had led to her receiving an injection and a blood transfusion.

The final straw came when Sumgong was unable to explain why she was in Kapsabet ‘- a five-hour drive away from Nairobi -‘ at the time.

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MONACO (AP) ‘ Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has banned for eight years after being accused of lying at an earlier doping hearing.

Sumgong turned 34 last month, making it unlikely she will return to elite-level running when her ban ends.

Sumgong, who overturned another doping case on appeal in 2012, became the first Kenyan woman to win the Olympic marathon when she took gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She won the London marathon the same year.

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WADA report says Kenya doping serious, not institutionalized

Kenyan athletes are the target of nearly a quarter of out-of-competition doping tests in track and field, a statistic that underlines how much suspicion there is over the world’s most successful distance-running nation.

Figures were revealed Thursday by the head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles anti-doping for the world track and field organization, the IAAF.

Brett Clothier said Kenyans made up 22 percent of the AIU’s out-of-competition testing program, and the country’s athletes took up “at least the equivalent amount of time in our investigations and intelligence team.”

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The Olympic Marathon Champ Jemima Sumgong Tests Positive: What Does It Mean And Where Do We Go From Here

Thursday the big news was broken by Reuters that the ‘A’ sample of the 2016 Olympic champion in the marathon, Jemima Sumgong of Kenya, had tested positive for EPO. If the ‘B’ Sample is positive (ITBSIP), Sumgong will be banned from the sport for four years.

Sumgong’s positive test was a huge development and we break it down for you with the caveat that the ‘B’ sample has to confirm it for it to be official (ITBSIP).