Kenya's Kiptum suspended, out of London Marathon
World half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum has been barred from competing at the London Marathon set for Sunday
World half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum has been barred from competition and has consequently been ejected from the lineup of London Marathon set for Sunday, April 28 following a provisional suspension over doping.
Athletics Integrity Unit posted on its official twitter account that: "AIU confirms a provisional suspension against Kenyan long-distance runner Abraham Kiptum for an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) violation under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules."
According to International Association of Athletics Federations, the long distance athlete has since left London following the development.
Hugh Brasher, event director for the London Marathon, told IAAF: “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.”
According to the AIU website, a provisional suspension is when an athlete or other person is suspended temporarily from participating in any competition or activity in athletics prior to a final decision at a hearing conducted under the IAAF Anti-Doping rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.
Kiptum's suspension reduces the number of elite Kenyan athletes hunting for glory on the roads of their colonial masters to three. The trio include celebrated World Record holder and London Marathon defending champion Eliud Kipchoge (2015, 2016, 2018), former winners Wilson Kipsang (2012, 2014) and Daniel Wanjiru (2017)