Ath­let­ics - Chicago, Boston marathon win­ner Jep­too banned for 4 years

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

For­mer Chicago and Boston Marathon win­ner Rita Jep­too had her dop­ing ban dou­bled to four years yes­ter­day by the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport. In its rul­ing, the CAS judg­ing panel ex­tended Jep­too’s ban un­til Oc­to­ber 2018 and stripped her of her 2014 win in Boston, plus re­sults, prize and ap­pear­ance money dat­ing back to April 17, 2014. The Kenyan run­ner pre­vi­ously lost her 2014 Chicago vic­tory. Jep­too had been due to earn a $500,000 bonus for lead­ing the World Marathon Ma­jors se­ries stand­ings for the com­bined 2013 and 2014 sea­sons. She won back-to­back Boston and Chicago ti­tles in 2013. Now 35, Jep­too tested pos­i­tive for EPO in a Septem­ber 2014 sam­ple given dur­ing train­ing for the Chicago race.

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