6 Nov

Plan B For Jeptoo

Rita JeptooAfter news broke that Rita Jeptoo tested positive for a banned substance last Thursday, believed to be EPO, the Kenyan runner has requested an analysis of her B urine sample. Jeptoo had been due to pick up the World Marathon Majors title—and the accompanying cheque of $500,000—at the weekend, yet the awards ceremony was cancelled in light of the positive test.

Under international regulations, Jeptoo is allowed to contest the positive charge by demanding a test of the backup B sample; conducted as a safeguard against any irregularities with the A. If the B sample is found to be negative, the Kenyan would not face suspension: if positive, she would be required to forfeit winnings and titles with a lengthy ban likely too.

After attending a meeting with the 33-year-old on Tuesday, Athletics Kenya released the following statement: "The athlete has expressed her right to have the analysis of the B sample. This has been forwarded to the IAAF for further consideration in line with IAAF rules."

Over the past few years, Jeptoo has become the leading female marathon runner, winning in Boston on three occasions, including setting a course record of 2:18:57 in April.