Kenyan marathon runner receives four-year ban for doping

Samuel Kalalei has been banned from athletics for four years

After testing positive for banned blood-boosting hormone EPO at the Rotterdam Marathon in April, 23-year-old Samuel Kalalei has been banned from athletics for four years.

In Rotterdam, Kalalei ran a PB to finish seventh in the race. He was provisionally suspended from the sport last June, after winning the Athens Marathon in 2017.

Kalalei is the third Kenyan athlete to receive a doping ban this year, the others include former Olympic 1500m gold medallist Asbel Kiprop and Rio 2016 Olympic women’s marathon gold medallist Jemimia Sumgong.

In September, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said Kenya had a “serious problem” with doping.

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