Wilson Kipsang falls foul of doping rules

Wilson Kipsang has been found guilty of  violating anti-doping rules. Picture: Getty Images
Wilson Kipsang has been found guilty of violating anti-doping rules. Picture: Getty Images


Kenya’s former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang has been banned for four years after violating anti-doping rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced Friday.

Kipsang, who claimed the world record during the 2013 Berlin marathon and is the only person to have beaten current record holder Eliud Kipchoge over the distance, was found guilty of “whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence and witness testimony”.

All of Kipsang's race results since April last year are now null and void

The AIU, World Athletics’ anti-doping arm, said Kipsang’s ban would run from January 10 this year, and all his results dating back to April 12 last year will be scrubbed.

Kipsang has a fine marathon pedigree. Winner of a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, the 38-year-old police officer has won marathons in London (2012, 2014), New York (2014) and Berlin (2013) – when he set a then world record of 2hr 3min 23sec.

Kipsang joins a long list of Kenyan long-distance stars who have recently fallen foul of doping rules.

Rio Olympics marathon winner Jemima Sumgong was banned for four years in 2017, followed by Olympic gold medallist and three-time 1 500m world champion Asbel Kiprop.

Abraham Kiptum, once the half-marathon world record holder, was suspended for four years in November for irregularities in his biological passport, while 2017 London marathon winner Daniel Kinyua Wanjiru was banned for the same reason last April. – AFP


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