Rita Jeptoo requests B sample

By evelyn watta
Nov 04, 2021
  • RIta Jeptoo with AK CEO Isaac Mwangi(left), AK Vice Presidents David Okeyo(second right) and Jack Tuwei.(Photo by Tom Maruko)

  • Rita Jeptoo leaving Riadha House after the meeting.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo on Tuesday took the first step in trying to clear her name, has requested to have a B sample tested.

Jeptoo the winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons hopes that the retest will give a different finding from the urine sample collected from her at an out of competition in September that detected the presence of Erythropoeitin, EPO.

The 33-year old who has sincedenied using the substance looked calm and composed when she met Athletics Kenya official on Tuesday at the Riadha house in Nairobi but declined to comment on the issue.

“We are happy with our first meeting and the athlete has been cooperative throughout the meeting,” read in part a statement from Athletics Kenya following the meeting.

“The athlete has provided her written explanation for the adverse analytical finding and has expressed her right to have the analysis of the B sample.”

AK Vice President David Okeyo later explained that they would discuss the matter further after receiving the report of the B sample.

“She is for now provisionally suspended from competition as she goes through the procedure but she has been sanctioned.

We will divulge more details after the B sample has been tested,” he said of the test that initially indicated that Jeptoo could have taken the banned hormonal growth substance.

She is one two high profile Kenyan athletes to have failed the test in the last two years, during which time AK has sanctioned about 36 runners.

Marathoner and road racer Mathew Kisorio was banned for two years and just returned to competition last month.

At the outset of the allegations uncovered by a German reporter AK bluntly refuted the allegations that doping was widespread in the country and even strongly disputed a Government commissioned report released last month that claimed that doping was widespread amongst Kenya’s renowned long distance runners.