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Boston Marathon bronze medallist provisionally suspended for doping

Kenneth Kipkemoi, third-place finisher at the 2019 Boston Marathon, has tested positive for a banned substance

Bronze medallist at the 2019 Boston Marathon Kenneth Kipkemoi has been charged with an anti-doping violation for the presence of terbutaline, a banned substance, as reported by the Athletics Integrity Unit. In Boston, Kipkemoi finished in 2:08:07, just 10 seconds behind winner and fellow Kenyan, Lawrence Cherono, and eight seconds behind second-place Lelisa Desisa.

Kipkemoi won the 2018 Rotterdam Marathon, where he ran his PB of 2:05:44. He was set to return to the Boston Marathon this year. His charges for the presence of terbutaline is in violation of Article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code.

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The charge elicits a provisional suspension, meaning that Kipkemoi will be barred from competition until a final decision has been made under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.


If Kipkemoi is stripped of his recent results, his compatriot Felix Kandie will be retroactively awarded third place from Boston last year. Kandie ran 2:08:54 in Boston for fourth place.

Kandie is also set to race in Boston this year, as are Cherono and Desisa.

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