Viola Chelangat Kimetto and Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo both tested positive for norandrosterone, an anabolic steroid and by-product of nandrolone. Eight Kenyan athletes are currently banned for using that particular drug, out of 11 serving sanctions.
In addition, five other unnamed athletes have been told to appear at Athletics Kenya’s offices by Thursday to address “particular issues revolving around doping cases”.
Kimetto failed a urine test after the Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon in December last year, while Kiplimo tested positive after April’s Yangzhou Half Marathon.
Neither is a big name in global distance running, Kimetto’s most noticeable result being third place at the 2012 Athens Marathon, but it is yet another setback for a nation renowned as the benchmark of distance running.
In addition, Rita Jeptoo faces being added to the list of sanctioned athletes when tests begin on her B sample today, with Athletics Kenya confident of making an announcement this week.
Jeptoo’s A sample tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO in an out-of-competition sample taken in Eldoret, where she trains, in September. If that is backed up by the B sample, the 33-year-old winner of the Boston and Chicago Marathons for the past two seasons will be banned for two years.
Courtesy of The independent.