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Former marathon world record holder provisionally suspended for anti-doping violation

Wilson Kipsang, the only man to beat Kipchoge over the marathon distance, has been provisionally suspended

Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge after the Berlin Marathon

On Friday the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced a provisional suspension of former marathoner world record holder Wilson Kipsang.

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Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang celebrate together after placing first and second at the 2015 London Marathon

The 2:03:13 runner was issued with a charge of whereabouts failure and attempted tampering. Track and field athletes are required to report their whereabouts for out-of-competition drug testing, and must be present at their reported location for drug testing without prior notice. Out-of-competition testing works on a “three strikes” model–a third missed test in a 12-month period is treated like a positive test and may result in a competition ban of up to two years.

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Kipsang is the only marathoner to defeat current world record holder Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:39) over the distance. In October 2019, Kipchoge became the first person to run 1:59 for the marathon.

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Kipsang is one of the most decorated distance runners of all time, holding five world major marathon titles. His most recent result was a 2:09:18 at the 2019 London Marathon.

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