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Diana Kipyokei banned six years, stripped of Boston Marathon title

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Kenyan Diana Kipyokei was banned six years and had her 2021 Boston Marathon title stripped for a positive drug test and then providing false information to anti-doping officials.

Kipyokei, 28, tested positive for a metabolite of triamcinolone acetonide (a corticosteroid) from a sample given after she won the Boston Marathon in October 2021.

Kipyokei then provided false and/or misleading information in trying to explain her positive test, “including fake documentation which she alleged came from a hospital,” according to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which handles doping cases in track and field.

She chose not to challenge the charges, according to the AIU.

Kipyokei’s provisional suspension while her case played out was announced Oct. 14, but it began June 27. Her six-year ban has been backdated to June 27.

The Boston Athletic Association, which announced Oct. 14 that Kipyokei would be stripped of her Boston Marathon title should her case not be overturned on appeal, followed up on Tuesday to officially disqualify her.

Kipyokei, in her World Marathon Major debut, won Boston in 2:24:45, beating countrywoman Edna Kiplagat by 24 seconds. Kiplagat, then 41, has been upgraded to champion, making her the oldest runner to win the Boston Marathon in its history dating to 1897.

Kipyokei, who has no registered results since the 2021 Boston Marathon, is the second Boston Marathon winner to be stripped of their title in the last decade. Kenyan Rita Jeptoo also had her 2014 win disqualified for doping.

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

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World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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Diana Kipyokei set to be stripped of Boston Marathon title in doping case

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Kenyan Diana Kipyokei‘s 2021 Boston Marathon victory is in line to be stripped after she was provisionally suspended in a doping case.

Kipyokei, 28, and another Kenyan distance runner, Betty Wilson Lempus, were banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which handles doping cases in track and field.

Each runner tested positive last year for the same banned substance — metabolites of triamcinolone acetonide (a corticosteroid) — and faces charges for possible tampering with the doping control process, which includes obstructing or delaying an investigation into the positive test, such as giving false information or documentation.

Kipyokei’s positive test came at the Boston Marathon that she won last October. Both the AIU and the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) said she will be stripped of her title should her case not be overturned on appeal.

Kipyokei won in 2:24:45, beating countrywoman Edna Kiplagat by 24 seconds. Kiplagat, then 41, is now in line to be upgraded to champion, which would make her the oldest runner to win the Boston Marathon in its history dating to 1897.

Kipyokei has not competed since winning Boston, according to her World Athletics profile. Boston was her first major marathon start and her third marathon overall.

Ten Kenyans have tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide in the last two years versus two among all other nations in the same time frame, according to the AIU.

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