The Kenyan olympic champion in the marathon, Jemima Sumgong, is for a four-year ban by the national anti-doping agency. That reported the Kenyan website citizentv Tuesday. Sumgong was at the end of February during a control outside competition by the International athletics federation (IAAF) found positive on EPO. They then refused permission to have her B-sample be tested.
The suspension with retroactive effect from 3 april, the moment when Sumgong provisionally suspended. The Kenyan anti-doping agency rejected the explanation of the 32-year-old Sumgong, who said a blood transfusion to have undergone in a hospital by an unidentified doctor, as a result of an ectopic pregnancy.
Sumgong was in Rio in 2016, the first Kenyan who olympic won gold in the marathon. She won the same year in april the London marathon. Another Kenyan marathonspecialiste, Rita Jeptoo, winner of the marathons in Chicago and Boston, and a workout partner of Sumgong, was also for four years, suspended after a positive control in 2014. She was also caught on EPO.
Between 2011 and 2016, a total of 40 Kenyan athletes found positive in doping controls.