Samuel Kalalei handed four years for doping

Athens marathon champion Samuel Kalalei was handed a four-year doping ban for testing positive for banned blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO).

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Today, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced that Kalalei tested positive at April’s Rotterdam marathon where he finished seventh in a time of 2:10.44.

The 23 year old was provisionally suspended in June.

A number of Kenyan athletes have been banned for doping in recent years, including the 2016 Rio Olympic women’s marathon gold medallist Jemima Sumgong.

In September, Kenya was described as having a “serious problem” with doping by Wada the world anti-doping agency.

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