NAIROBI – No fewer than 15 Kenyan athletes were caught and banned for doping in 2019.
It is indeed a sorry state of affairs for the mid to long distance running powerhouse on the global stage, as Kenya also lay claim to the two fastest marathon runners in history. Eliud Kipchoge (35) holds the men’s marathon record with his 2:01:39 he ran in September 2018 at the Berlin Marathon.
Meanwhile, Brigid Kosgei (25) set a new world record in the women’s marathon which had stood for 16 years, when she clocked 2:14:04 in October.
Despite Kipchoge and Kosgei boasting clean records, doping appears to be a growing problem in Kenyan athletics.
Salome Biwott was handed an eight-year ban, for her second doping violation this year. The long distance runner was banned in June by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for testing positive for the prohibited substance Norandrosterone. Biwott had first received a two-year ban back in 2013. The latest ban will effectively end the career of the 36-year-old.