Kenyan run­ner gets 4-year sus­pen­sion

Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS - ATH­LET­ICS (AFP)

KENYAN marathon run­ner Sa­muel Kalalei was handed a four-year dop­ing ban on Wed­nes­day af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for banned blood booster EPO, the Ath­let­ics In­tegrity Unit (AIU) an­nounced as the African pow­er­house suf­fered an­other body blow. Kalalei, 23, tested pos­i­tive at April’s Rot­ter­dam marathon where he fin­ished sev­enth in a time of 2h 10min 44sec, a per­sonal best.

The 2017 Athens marathon win­ner had al­ready been pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended in June.

A num­ber of Kenyan ath­letes have been banned for dop­ing in re­cent years, in­clud­ing the 2016 Rio Olympic women’s marathon gold medal­list Jemima Sum­gong.

In Septem­ber, Kenya was de­scribed as hav­ing a “se­ri­ous prob­lem” with dop­ing by WADA the world anti-dop­ing agency.

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