Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo banned two years for doping

Friday January 30th, 2015

Three-time Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo has been banned by Athletics Kenya for two years for doping, the Associated Press reports.

Jeptoo, who is also a two-time Chicago Marathon winner, set a course record of 2:18.57 in her 2014 win at the Boston Marathon. She also won the Boston Marathon in 2006 and 2013.

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The Associated Press reports that Jeptoo tested positive for EPO in September, and the "A" and "B" samples each came back positive. The 33-year-old won the Chicago Marathon in October. She will not receive her $500,000 prize for winning the 2013-2014 World Marathon Majors. She also won't be able to compete in this year's world championships or the 2016 Olympics.

If Jeptoo had tested positive in 2015, she would have faced a four-year ban under the new World Anti-Doping Code that took effect on Jan. 1.

- Paul Palladino

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