Buzunesh Deba has been officially named the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, two months after Rita Jeptoo was stripped of the title for using drugs.
In October, Geneva's Court of Arbitration for Sport announced that Jeptoo, of Kenya, will serve a four-year suspension instead of a two-year ban after she tested positive for Erythropoietin, or EPO, in September 2014, stripping her of her marathon victories in Boston as well as Chicago in 2013, reported Runner's World.
Her ban was slated to end in October, but the International Association of Athletics Federation appealed to extend her suspension through next year, citing "aggravating circumstances" in the case and that Jeptoo had hidden her multiple visits to her doctor from her manager and coach, adding that the doctor was the "undisputed source" of the red blood cell-boosting injected hormone.
The Boston Athletic Association said Deba's time of 2:19:59 was still good enough to break the marathon's course record. She edged Margaret Okayo's time of 2:20:43 set in 2002.
"Buzunesh Deba's sub-2:20 performance in 2014 was a magnificent achievement," said BAA chief executive officer Tom Grilk. "To emerge victorious in the fastest women's race ever run in Boston was remarkable. We look forward to awarding her the praise she rightfully deserves in 2017."
Deba, a native of Asella, Ethiopia, moved to New York City in 2006 and has not said yet if she will compete in the 2017 Boston Marathon, according to the BAA. Deba finished third in the marathon in 2015 with a time of 2:25:09 and seventh in the 2016 race with a time of 2:33:56.
The 2014 race was the first after the terror attack that disrupted the marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring at least 264 others near the finish line. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death in federal court last year after a jury found him guilty on all 30 counts in connection to the double-bombing, noted CNN.
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