Kenyan star runner, Rita Jeptoo has been banned from the sport for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya reports.
Jeptoo who has won the Boston and Chicago marathons for the last two consecutive years has denied doping, telling reporters last year that the accusations against her were “lies”.
She tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test conducted last September before she went on to defend her Chicago title the following month. Both the “A” and “B” samples were positive.
Under the previous World Anti-Doping Code, the standard sanction for a serious doping offense was a two-year ban. The punishment has been doubled to four years under the new version of the code, which went into effect on Jan. 1.
Jeptoo, 33, had already been denied her share of the $500,000 prize for winning the 2013/14 World Marathon Majors.
“AK followed due process in her (Rita Jeptoo) matter and it was appropriate that she serves a two-year ban,” AK chief executive Isaac Kamande told Reuters.