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Jemima Sumgong, Olympic Marathon Champ, Gets 4-Year Ban

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Kenya's Jemima Jelagat Sumgong celebrates while crossing the finish line to win the Sao Silvestre women's race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (Nelson Antoine/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:32 PM

Jemima Sumgong, Olympic marathon champion, was handed a four-year ban after a Kenyan law court rejected her claim that she had taken EPO for an ectopic pregnancy, BBC News reported.

The 32-year-old athlete, who was suspended in April, told the court that the banned substance was administered to her in a hospital for a pregnancy that she said her husband was unaware of because of the taboo associated with her condition.

However, Sumgong was not able to provide the doctor's name who had supplied the medication, Sports Illustrated reported, nor could she present any official evidence that she had been admitted to the hospital.

The Kenyatta National Hospital stated that the documentation that she had provided was not authentic and, although Sumgong argued that the doctor who treated her may have been an imposter as there had been a doctor's strike at the time, the panel on her hearing dismissed this.

The final ruling said the Kenyan marathoner had used EPO in preparation for the London Marathon, according to The Daily Mail.

According to the report, it was ruled that, because Sumgong has not competed since her provisional sanction, her four-year ban starts on Apr. 3.

The athlete's most notable achievement was winning the 2016 Olympic Marathon, making her the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold medal in that distance, Runners World noted.

She also clinched victory at the 2016 London Marathon but ran her personal best time of 2:20:41 at the 2014 Boston Marathon, where she finished in third place.

Sumgong's former training partner, Rita Jeptoo, also tested positive for EPO in 2014, The Guardian reported.

She was initially handed a two-year ban but, after the IAAF appealed for a longer sanction, the ban was extended to four years.

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