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Olympic medallist handed temporary doping ban

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Doping samples (Getty Images)
Doping samples (Getty Images)

Paris - The Rio Olympics marathon silver medallist Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa has been provisionally suspended for breaking anti-doping rules, the IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit announced on Tuesday.

Bahrain's Kirwa, 35, finished second behind Kenya's Jemima Sumgong in Rio 2016's marathon and was found to have the presence of the prohibited blood-booster EPO in her blood sample.

Gold medallist Sumgong was banned for eight years in January for attempting to hinder an investigation into her use of EPO by supplying false documents.

India's 800m Asia champion Gomathi Marimuthu was also provisionally suspended after she tested positive for the substance.

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