Diana Kipyokei, the 2021 Boston Marathon winner, was disqualified after a positive drug test.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, the drug testing body of the international track federation, said Friday that a prohibited substance had been present in a sample taken from Kipyokei on the day of the race last October. The substance was a metabolite of triamcinolone acetonide, a steroid that may enhance performance. The organization also accused her of “obstructing or delaying the A.I.U.’s investigation through the availability of false information or documentation.”
The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, said Friday that consequently of the finding, Kipyokei could be disqualified, pending an appeal. Kipyokei and her representatives couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
“The cases announced today are a part of a recent trend in Kenyan athletics regarding triamcinolone acetonide, with 10 Kenyan athletes testing positive for that prohibited substance between 2021 and 2022,” the integrity unit said. It said in a press release that it might not comment further until appeals were exhausted and the case concluded.
The Boston Marathon was held in October last 12 months as an alternative of the same old April date due to the coronavirus pandemic and was the primary running of the 125-year-old Boston tradition because the 2019 race.
Kipyokei’s victory within the race was a surprise in a field with many more achieved runners. It was her major marathon debut at age 27; her previous biggest win was within the Istanbul Marathon.
She surged ahead on the 18-mile mark, then was joined by the more heralded Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia, a former world cross-country champion. At 24 miles, after the 2 had run side by side, Kipyokei again took the lead.
She finished her victory in 2 hours 24 minutes 45 seconds and said afterward that she was surprised to have won. Kipyokei didn’t return for the 2022 race and has not had a big result since that 2021 victory.
Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, a two-time world champion, was second to Kipyokei in 2021 and would turn into the brand new winner should Kipyokei’s suspension be finalized. Age 41 on the time, Kiplagat would turn into the race’s oldest winner, NBC reported.
Besides losing her Boston title, Kipyokei is prone to face a multiyear suspension from the game if her appeals fail.