Former marathon world record holder Kipsang hit with four-year doping ban

Dozens of Russian athletes have been tested positive for meldonium which was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from this year. (Sputnik Photo)
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Former men’s marathon world-record holder Wilson Kipsang was given a four-year ban for violation of anti-doping rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Friday.

The 38-year-old Kipsang’s ban is for “whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence and witness testimony,” according to the AIU. His ban will date from January 10, 2020, with all his results dating back to April 12, 2019, to be disqualified.

The two-time London Marathon winner, who also won major marathons in Berlin, New York and Tokyo, is the only man to beat the current world record holder Eliud Kipchoge in a marathon when he ran the 2:02:23 world record at the 2013 Berlin race. Enditem

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