I wasn’t going to post today, but WOW. Thanks to my buddy John Pierz who sent this one my way. Earlier today, the website RunBlogRun reported that an A-sample provided by Jeptoo during out of competition testing in Kenya tested positive for a banned substance. According to the website, the B-sample has not yet have been tested.
The World Marathon Majors has postponed its awards ceremony – Jeptoo was set to receive $500,000, having already locked up this year’s title with wins at Boston (course record) and Chicago. She is the first athlete in the history of the race series to claim the maximum points available.
The president of Athletics Kenya stated:
“I’m aware of the online reports about Jeptoo, but until IAAF and WADA inform us officially, we cannot comment on the matter since it is a very serious issue. We don’t want to pre-empt anything and once we receive official communication, we shall address the issue.”
The Boston Athletic Association released a statement that is available here.
The Chicago Marathon recently stripped Liliya Shobukhova of the titles she won in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Now, the race has to deal with Jeptoo’s wins in 2013 and 2014. Ouch.
Jeptoo’s time in Boston was the eighth fastest ever and it made her the 5th fastest women’s marathon runner of all-time.