Rio Olympic Marathon Champion Jemima Sumgong Banned For Four Years

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Jemima Sumgong of Kenya has officially received a four-year suspension after failing an out-of-competition drug test earlier this year. She became Kenya's first women's Olympic marathon champion in Rio, but will now be ineligible for the 2020 Tokyo Games as well as the 2019 and 2021 IAAF World Championships.

The 32-year-old claimed to have inadvertently taken EPO while visiting a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, to be treated for an ectopic pregnancy six days before the failed drug test. She claimed to have received a blood transfusion and unidentified medication from an unknown doctor.

A doping tribunal found the testimony "inconsistent at best," according to the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya. 

"We might go so far as to state that the athlete's attempt to explain how the substance entered her body bordered on an attempt to deceive the panel," they said.

Sumgong was unable to name the doctor who treated her and the medical documents she provided were deemed fake by the hospital.

Her gold medal from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be unaffected and she will serve her ban starting from April 3, 2017, the date her provisional suspension was announced. She failed the drug test on Feb. 28 of this year.

You can read the report below.

The Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge Is The Most Important Track Meet Of 2018

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The NCAA outdoor track season is young, but the University of Southern California's home meet this weekend, the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge, may prove to be the most important invitational of the year. 

Erin Finn Is Sole Track Athlete Nominated For AAU James E. Sullivan Award

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Michigan All-American Erin Finn is the sole track and field athlete nominated for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, which is annually bestowed to the nation's top amateur athlete across all sports. 

Bernard Lagat Is The Accidental Athlete At IAAF World Half Marathon

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By David Monti, @d9monti(c) 2018 Race Results Weekly, all rights reservedVALENCIA (23-Mar) -- After turning 43 last December, two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat did not think he would make another appearance at an IAAF World Championships.  Beginning with the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2001, Lagat had qualified for 11 world championships, both indoors and outdoors, and had won three indoor titles and two outdoors.  Although still competing, he was largely viewed as a "legend" athlete racing here and there for his own satisfaction in the twilight of his career.

On The Run: NYC Half Champ Ben True On Marathon & Almost Quitting | Ep 79

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Jojo and Kevin chat with Ben True, winner of last weekend's New York City Half Marathon. Jojo and Kevin ask Ben about debuting at the half marathon, how many times he's been asked if he's running a marathon, almost walking away from the sport in 2016, his background in skiing, why sliced bread is overrated, and his favorite winter Olympic moments.

20 NCAA Records That Could Go Down In 2018


This past indoor season we saw 11 new NCAA records. As we turn to the outdoor season, here's a list of the 20 most vulnerable NCAA outdoor records. Could one—or more—be broken this year?

Galen Rupp Loves 90s Hip-Hop, And Other Boston Marathon Playlist Thoughts

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Last week, several elite runners released their Spotify playlists in conjunction with the Boston Marathon. Included in that list are some of the top Americans in this year’s race: Galen Rupp, Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle, Jordan Hasay, Desiree Linden, and Jordan Hasay. We're still three weeks away from the race, so I dove deep into their musical preferences, looking to see what I could learn about these six runners.

House Of Run: Kenya Sabotages Themselves, Who Is Clarence Munyai?

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Jason and Kevin discuss Ben True's victory in the New York City Half Marathon, Emily Sisson's marathon potential, Clarence Munyai's surprising 19.69 in the 200m, a pair of world records in the indoor marathon, and this weekend's 2018 World Half Marathon Championships. 

WR Holder Joyciline Jepkosgei Leads World Half; Chemutai Withdraws

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The women's race at the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championship in Valencia, Spain this weekend will be headlined by Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya, who broke the world record twice last year. 

Kamworor Goes For The 3-Peat, U.S. Tries For A Medal: World Half Preview

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The 2018 World Half Marathon Championships offers a chance to see Geoffrey Kamworor go for his third straight title, a Kenyan contingent that features five men who have run faster than one hour, and an American team with a legitimate shot at a historic podium finish. 

It's Bullshit That USC Doesn't Have The 4x4 World Record

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Dear IAAF,

Let's be real.

It's bullshit that the University of Southern California men won't be recognized as the indoor 4x400m relay world record holders.