The Athletics world woke up to rattling news that Chicago marathon winner Rita Jeptoo tested positive in her A sample test for a banned substance last September.
The news that was exclusively published by Larry Elder on runblogrun.com, Jeptoo who was expected to collect her one million dollar check this weekend in New York as the World marathon major winner ‘failed the test in an out of competition testing in the country by a urine sample’.
Barely two weeks ago Athletics Kenya President, Isaiah Kiplagat was censured by the anti-doping task force led by Professor Moni Wekesa when they released their report for being uncooperative and treating allegations of doping among Kenyan runners casually.
Kiplagat could not confirm or deny the reports on the positive test on Jeptoo who was widely touted as the present-day queen of marathon running.
“The process is very clear such cases we have to wait and get confirmation from the IAAF, that is when we confirm or deny the reports,” said Kiplagat, a response that made it clear that they could be just hours or day from confirming the reports.
Jeptoo who was expected to fly to New York on Thursday spent most of the day at the AK headquarters a pointer that the news could have reached Riadhaa house then.
“We are still yet to discuss these reports on Jeptoo amongst the Executive only then can we react or release any news,” said Major General Jack Tuwei, the head of AK’s Doping commission, yet another clue that they could be seeking the best way possible to handle the appalling news.
If indeed Jeptoo who defended her Chicago title just over two weeks ago returned a positive test, she will be the second high profile athlete fail the test after Mathew Kisorio who was banned two years ago and has since returned to competition.
Chicago was the Jeptoo’s fourth straight marathon (Boston 2013, 2014 and Chicago 2013,2014) wins which had then secured her the World Marathon Majors with the maximum 100 points and half of the prize money of approximately Ksh.89m($1 million) that is shared between the male and female winner.
This means that the London marathon winner Edna Kiplagat can win the world marathon majors if she wins the New York title on Sunday.
Jeptoo, who is managed by Italian Frederica Rosa, who also handled Kisorio could be out for at leat two years after the confirmation of her B sample.She is coached by Claudio Berardelli.