Rita Jeptoo

Women's Olympic marathon champion banned for doping

Women's Olympic marathon champion banned for doping

The Kenyan woman who won the marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics has been handed a four-year ban for using a blood-boosting hormone.

Officials delivered the penalty after rejecting Jemima Sumgong’s explanation that she had been given the performance-enhancing drug, EPO, during a hospital visit for an ectopic pregnancy.

Calling her story “inconsistent at best,” the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya noted: “Indeed, we might go so far as to state that the athlete’s attempt to explain how the substance entered her body bordered on an attempt to deceive the panel.”

The 32-year-old, who tested positive in February, will be ineligible for the 2019 world championships and the 2020...

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