30 Aug

Kenyan-born Olympics Champion Ruth Jebet Handed Four-year Ban For Doping

first_imgOlympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet has been banned for four years after testing positive for banned blood booster r-EPO (recombinant erythropoietin), the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced Wednesday.The 23-year-old Bahrain athlete was suspended in February 2018 after failing an out-of-competition test on 1 December 2017.Jebet told the AIU in March 2018 she had not taken it intentionally, but a disciplinary tribunal has now ruled against her.The AIU said the ban would run from the date of the initial suspension in 2018.The Kenyan-born athlete has the right to appeal the four-year suspension but currently will not be able to defend her Olympic title at the 24 July – 9 August Olympics in Tokyo.Recombinant erythropoietin is a man-made version of natural erythropoietin, and improves athletic performance by stimulating the production of more red blood cells.After winning gold in Rio in 2016, she went on to set a new world record in the Paris Diamond League meet of 8min 52sec 78sec, a mark since smashed by Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech (8:44.32) in July 2018.The AIU ordered the disqualification of all her results between 1 December 1 2017 and 4 February 2018.RelatedTop Athletics Coach Salazar Hit With 4-year Ban For Doping ViolationsOctober 2, 2019In “Athletics”Nigerian-Born British Athlete Ohuruogu Retires At 34June 30, 2018In “Athletics”ATHLETICS: Nigeria’s 400m Hurdler Stripped of Gold MedalMay 11, 2019In “Africa”last_img

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