ATH­LETES BOTH BANNED FOR FOUR YEARS

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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’

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