Twelve years after completing her doping suspension Kenya’s former national 400m record holder Elizabeth Muthuka came back with a bang to claim African glory.
The Kenya Prisons officer won four gold medals at the ongoing Africa Masters Athletics Championship hosted at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Muthuka who was slapped with a two year ban won her first ever international medals in her athletics at the continental competition in Nairobi.
Muthuka sprinted to finish in 64.37s to win the 400m race before dashing in a time of 27.22 seconds for the 200m top honours in the women’s 45-49 age group.
Muthuka who is the Officer in Charge of Prison in Meru put the icing on the cake by anchoring Team Kenya 4x100m and 4x400m teams to victory.
Muthuka anchored the quartet consisting of the World metric mile champion Joyce Kirui Africa 1500m winner Nelly Cheptanui and the Africa Long Jump and triple Jump gold medalists Regina Mulatya in stopping the timer in 56.93 to win.
In 4x400m competition, Muthuka led the team of continent’s 400m gold medalist Charity Wandia, Cheptanui Africa 1500m champion Beatrice Chepchumba in posting a time of 4:31.09 to crown Kenya’s glorious moment.
In the year 2007, Elizabeth Muthuka representing Kenya Prisons at the Athletics Kenya (AK) national championships first lowered Ruth Waithera’s record to 51.53 before she set the 50.82 mark in 400m to qualify for the Beijing Olympics at Olympic trials at Nyayo stadium.
Consequently, the athlete whose A and B blood samples tested positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolone, was slapped with a two-year ban by AK.
Muthuka was also compelled to return the Sh10, 000 she was awarded for lowering Waithera’s record and all earnings from the track.