ATHLETES BOTH BANNED FOR FOUR YEARS
KENYAN 800m runner
Kipyegon Bett and British sprinter Nigel Levine have received four-year bans for antidoping offences.
Levine, who was part of Britain’s 4x400m squad at the Rio Olympics, failed a drugs test for clenbuterol, while Bett was banned after testing positive for recombinant-erythropoietin in July after having previously refusing to submit a sample in February.
Levine has not raced since he broke his pelvis in a motorbike crash in Spain in January 2017, an accident which also involved team-mate James Ellington. The length of his ban, however, illustrates the difference between sports because Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Álvarez received a mere six-month ban for the same offence.
Bett, meanwhile, took world under-20 800m gold in 2016 and 800m bronze at the IAAF World Championships in London in 2017 – four hundredths of a second ahead of fourth-placed Kyle Langford – and the Kenyan’s result is set to stand.
“Robbery!” said an angry Langford on social media. “The moment of a global medal at a home championships stolen.”
Ineta Radevica, the president of the Latvian athletics federation, has also been suspended after her sample from the 2012 Olympcis, where she placed fourth in the long jump, was re-tested and found to have the steroid oxandrolone in it
Kyle Langford: feels ‘robbed’