2017 Tokyo Marathon champion receives 8-year doping ban

On Nov. 5, 2023, Sarah Chepchirchir of Kenya completed second on the Bangsaen 42 Chonburi Marathon in Thailand. The occasion represented her return to racing after serving a four-year ban for organic passport irregularities. However Chepchirchir didn’t get to savour the second for lengthy; on Dec. 22, she was provisionally suspended for the presence of metabolites of testosterone in her urine on the race in Thailand, and on Tuesday, she was handed an eight-year ban (efficient Dec. 22, 2023 to Dec. 21, 2031) and her outcome from Nov. 5 was disqualified.

Chepchirchir gained the Tokyo Marathon in 2017, with a time of two:19:47 (her private finest and a course file on the time). She gained the Lisbon Marathon in 2016, in 2:24:13. Beforehand, she had a number of wins and podium finishes at half-marathons in Europe and elsewhere.

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It’s seemingly the top of a profession for the athlete, who’s 39. In accordance with the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) report, Chepchirchir was given the chance to defend herself towards the allegations, to request that her B pattern be examined and to obtain a one-year discount in her suspension by admitting to the violation, however she didn’t reply in any means. This, in response to AIU guidelines, constitutes an request for forgiveness. As a result of it was her second offense, she acquired an automated ban of eight years.

The sooner ban was from Feb. 6, 2019 to Feb. 5, 2023.

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