Four-year ban for run­ner Kip­sang

The Asian Age - - Games -

Paris: Kenya’s for­mer world marathon record holder Wil­son Kip­sang has been banned for four years af­ter vi­o­lat­ing an­ti­dop­ing rules, the Ath­let­ics In­tegrity Unit (AIU) an­nounced Fri­day. Kip­sang, who claimed the world record dur­ing the 2013 Berlin marathon and is the only per­son to have beaten cur­rent holder Eliud Kip­choge over the dis­tance, was found guilty of “where­abouts fail­ures and tam­per­ing by pro­vid­ing false ev­i­dence and wit­ness tes­ti­mony”. The AIU, World Ath­let­ics' an­ti­dop­ing arm, said Kip­sang's ban would run from Jan­uary 10 this year, with all re­sults dat­ing back to April 12, 2019, to be scrubbed. Kip­sang has a fine marathon pedi­gree. Win­ner of a bronze medal at the 2012 Lon­don Olympics, the 38-year-old has won marathons in Lon­don (2012, 2014), New York (2014) and Berlin (2013) — when he set a then-world record of 2hr 3min 23sec.

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