The 2021 Boston Marathon champion, Diana Kipyokei been banned six years by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the presence of a prohibited substance metabolite of triamcinolone acetonide (a corticosteroid), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
The 28 year-old was also stripped the Boston title for also providing false information to anti-doping officials.
Kipyokei then provided false and/or misleading information in trying to explain her positive test, “including fake documentation which she alleged came from a hospital,” according to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which handles doping cases in track and field.
She will not challenge the charges, according to the AIU.
Kipyokei, who was making her World Marathon Major debut, took the Boston honors in a time of 2:24.45, beating double World Marathon champion, Edna Kiplagat by 24 seconds. The 42 year-old has been upgraded to champion, making her the oldest runner to win the Boston Marathon in its history dating to 1897.
Very disappointed robbed my joy my smile my happiness and the beautiful decorated tape at the finish line https://t.co/zzTVJMCYEy
— Edna Kiplagat (@KiplagatEdna) October 14, 2022
Kipyokei visited a doctor in September 2021 who gave her cortisone injections into her Achilles tendon, which the AIU said was not triamcinolone acetonide. She said that doctor had given her “a cortisone” injection, stating it must have been a banned substance.
Kipyokei was asked to provide doctor’s evidence and she went ahead to bribe Dr. David Njenga Kshs 20,000 to falsify documents, which were later found by AIU to be false.