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