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World half-marathon record-holder Abraham Kiptum suspended

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Published in Athletics
Friday, 26 April 2019 13:09

Kenyan runner had been due to race the London Marathon on Sunday

Kenya’s world half-marathon record-holder Abraham Kiptum has been provisionally suspended from competition following an athlete biological passport (ABP) violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit‏ (AIU) has announced.

The 29-year-old had been due to race in Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon but following news of his suspension, event organisers confirmed that Kiptum had left the UK capital.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy on doping,” said London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher.

“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.”

Kiptum clocked a time of 58:18 at the Medio Maratón de Valencia Trinidad Alfonso last October to break the world half-marathon record, which had been set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010, by five seconds.

Kiptum’s mark improved on his PB of 59:09 which had been set just six weeks before in Copenhagen.

He ran a fast marathon in Abu Dhabi in December but his 2:04:16 is not his official PB as the course was later deemed to be short. His best time for the full 26.2-mile event is 2:05:26, run in Amsterdam in 2017.

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