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Boston Marathon winner might lose title for doping

Diana Kipyokei might have her 2021 Boston Marathon victory rescinded after she examined constructive for a banned substance and allegedly obstructed an investigation into the dishonest allegations.

The Kenyan runner’s pattern after successful the race in October 2021 had traces of triamcinolone acetonide, in accordance with the Athletics Integrity United (AIU). 

The drug is a glucocorticoid prohibited at races when an athlete doesn’t have permission to make use of it as a medicine.

Diana Kipyogei of Kenya crosses the finish line to take first place in the professional women's division during the 125th Boston Marathon in Boston Oct. 11, 2021.

Diana Kipyogei of Kenya crosses the end line to take first place within the skilled girls’s division throughout the a hundred and twenty fifth Boston Marathon in Boston Oct. 11, 2021.
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Ten Kenyan rivals have examined constructive for the drug because the begin of 2021, in accordance with the AIU. There have solely been two different instances in athletics from your complete remainder of the world in the identical interval.

Kipyokei can also be below investigation for “obstructing or delaying the AIU’s investigation via the supply of false data or documentation.” She faces a four-year ban and being stripped of her Boston win together with shedding $150,000 in prize cash.

Boston Mayor Kim Janey presents Diana Kipyogei of Kenya with a golden wreath after Kipyogei won the 125th Boston Marathon Oct. 11, 2021 in Boston.

Boston Mayor Kim Janey presents Diana Kipyogei of Kenya with a golden wreath after Kipyogei gained the a hundred and twenty fifth Boston Marathon Oct. 11, 2021 in Boston.
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“Kipyokei’s outcome within the 2021 Boston Marathon can be disqualified, pending the completion of related athlete appeals processes,” the Boston Athletic Association mentioned in an announcement. 

“The BAA will regulate race rankings and can present prize award changes to high finishers of the 2021 occasion, pending the sanctioning.”

Diana Kipyokei of Kenya holds a Boston Marathon championship trophy following a news conference Oct. 12, 2021, in Boston. 

Diana Kipyokei of Kenya holds a Boston Marathon championship trophy following a information convention Oct. 12, 2021, in Boston. 
(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

She gained the race in two hours, 24 minutes and 45 seconds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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