Kenyan runner, Salome Biwott, gets an 8-year ban

NAIROBI: Kenya marathon runner Salome Biwott has been suspended for eight years after testing a banned substance for the second time, the Athletics Integrity Unit ( AIU ) said on Thursday.

The 36-year-old runner tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid when competing in the Sao Paulo International marathon in June, the AIU said in a statement.

It had previously been banned for two years after its positive result for the same substance in 2012 after its victory in the Nairobi Marathon.

Biwott, who achieved a best personal time of 2hr 30min 47sec in the Hamburg Marathon in 2016, becomes the third marathon runner in Kenya to be hit with a long doping ban.

The others are the Olympic champion of Rio Jemima Sumgong and Lilian Moraa Mariita.

Her suspension brings to 10 the number of elite Kenyan athletes that AIU has either suspended or banned for doping offences this year.