Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo, who was to be crowned the World Marathon Majors women’s champion, has failed an out-of-competition drug test, according to Larry Elder of RunBlogRun. Her agent confirmed the failed test Friday afternoon, the Associated Press reports.
The World Marathon Majors postponed its Sunday awards ceremony after learning that Jeptoo’s A sample taken in Kenya tested positive for a banned substance in September, according to the report. Jeptoo was set to receive the award after winning the Boston Marathon and the Chicago Marathon this year.
In a statement released Friday, the organization expressed its disappointment at the news.
“WMM has always held a stern line on drugs cheats and has been proactively supporting the sports governing bodies to ensure the integrity of the athletes competing in their races,” said Nick Bitel, general counsel for the WMM. “Cheats need to understand that they are not welcome in our sport and that they will be caught.”
Per World Anti-Doping Agency rules, her B sample -- collected along with her A sample -- will soon be tested to determine her status.
Jeptoo is a three-time Boston Marathon winner and two-time Chicago Marathon winner. Her time of 2:18:57 at the Boston Marathon set a new course record.
GALLERY: SI'S CLASSIC PHOTOS OF THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
- Danielle Zhu