Abraham Kiptum, photo by PhotoRun.net
Half Marathon WR holder provisionally suspended
LONDON (GBR): Kenya’s world half-marathon record-holder Abraham Kiptum, who had been one of the leading contenders for the Virgin Money London Marathon this Sunday, has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit. The Kenyan, who is being investigated following a biological passport violation, ran 58:18 in Valencia in October last year to take five seconds from the previous world record. In a statement from London Marathon organisers, event director Hugh Brasher reacted: “We have a zero-tolerance policy on doping. London is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and we recently announced a groundbreaking extensive intelligence-driven testing programme. This shows the programme is working. Cheats will be caught and there is no place for them in marathon running.” It is not known from when is the violation and how his past results could be affected.
Runblogrun comments: Good job, AIU! That is what is supposed to happen, catch the cheats.