Diana Chemtai Kipyokei loses Boston Marathon title as more Kenyans get banned for doping

Last year’s Boston Marathon winner Diana Chemtai Kipyokei has been disqualified after becoming the latest Kenyan to be sanctioned for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced Tuesday. Kipyokei, who was suspended temporarily in October, was banned for six years for multiple doping violations after testing positive for triamcinolone after the race in Boston and then using fake documents as an excuse. for myself. Triamcinolone is a glucocorticoid that remained licensed in certain forms in 2021 before being banned outright from the competition earlier this year.

The 28-year-old won the October 2021 Boston Marathon, one of six “major” marathons, after which her doping test showed ‘analytical adverse results’ (AAF). “With investigative assistance from the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), the AIU found that Kipyokei provided false/misleading information when attempting to interpret her AAF, including documentation. The forgery she alleges came from a hospital,” the AIU statement said.

“Therefore, Kipyokei will now be disqualified as the winner of the 2021 Boston Women’s Marathon.”

She will be suspended until June 2028 while fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, runner-up in Boston, is now listed as the race winner. The IAU also announced on Tuesday a five-year suspension for another Kenyan athlete, Purity Cherotich Rionoripo, for testing positive for the diuretic furosemide and also for using false documentation. Rionoripo, 29, won the Paris Marathon in 2017 and Prague in 2021.

Kenya athletics has been plagued by doping cases for several years, with more than 25 cases recorded by 2022. Sprinter Mark Otieno was among three Kenyan athletes banned by the AIU on Monday. .

Earlier this month, Kenya announced it would clean up its conduct after escaping a world athletics ban because doping threatens to turn the East African athletics powerhouse into a sport scorn.

The athletics giant has been on the top of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s watch list since February 2016, next only to Bahrain, Belarus, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria and Ukraine. There are 55 Kenyans listed on AIU’s global list of ineligible athletes, last updated on 30 November.

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