Reigning Olympic and London Marathon Champion Tests Positive for EPO

Reigning Olympic and London Marathon Champion Tests Positive for EPO

Olympic Games and London Marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has failed an out of competition drugs test conducted by the IAAF, athletics' governing body.

The 32-year-old from Kenya returned a positive result for erythropoietin (EPO) and will face a ban from the sport if her "B" sample also returns a positive test.

Sumgong overcame a fall in last year's London Marathon to claim the title. She was due to defend her title in London on 23 April 2017.

A statement from the sport's governing body read: "The IAAF can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) has commenced this week. This was part of an enhanced IAAF out-of-competition testing program dedicated to elite marathon runners which is supported by the Abbott World Marathon Majors group."

Kenya was last year declared in breach of anti-doping rules, and athletes underwent special testing for Rio 2016. The East African country was deemed "non-compliant" by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but was reinstated before last summer's Games.

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