2021 Boston Marathon winner Diana Kipyokei was disqualified after a positive doping test.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, the drug testing body of the international athletics federation, said on Friday that a banned substance was found in a sample taken in Kipyokei on race day last October. The substance was a metabolite of triamcinolone acetonide, a steroid that can enhance performance. The organization also accused her of “hindering or delaying the AIU’s investigation by providing false information or false documents”.
The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, said Friday that as a result of the ruling, Kipyokei would be disqualified, pending an appeal. Kipyokei and his representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.
“The cases announced today are part of a recent trend in Kenyan athletics regarding triamcinolone acetonide, with 10 Kenyan athletes testing positive for this banned substance between 2021 and 2022,” the Integrity Unit said. . He said in a statement that he would not comment further until legal remedies were exhausted and the case was concluded.
The Boston Marathon was held in October last year instead of the usual April date due to the coronavirus pandemic and was the first race in Boston’s 125-year-old tradition since the 2019 race.
Kipyokei’s victory in the race was a surprise in a field with many more accomplished riders. It was his major marathon debut at age 27; his previous biggest victory was at the Istanbul Marathon.
She took the lead at the 18-mile mark, then was joined by the more heralded Ethiopian Netsanet Gudeta, a former world cross-country champion. At 24 miles, after the two raced side by side, Kipyokei again took the lead.
She completed her victory in 2 hours 24 minutes 45 seconds and said afterwards that she was surprised to have won. Kipyokei did not return for the 2022 race and has not had a significant result since that 2021 victory.
Two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya finished second to Kipyokei in 2021 and would become the new winner if Kipyokei’s suspension is finalized. Aged 41 at the time, Kiplagat would become the race’s oldest winner, NBC reported.
Along with losing his Boston title, Kipyokei faces a multi-year suspension from the sport if his appeals are unsuccessful.
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