The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Mark Kangogo of Kenya for 3 years for the Presence/Use of Prohibited Substances (Norandrosterone & Triamcinolone acetonide), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
The 33 year-old was busted at the Sierre-Zinal race in Switzerland, on August 13, after providing the urine Sample for the In-Competition test. He won the race in a time of 2:27.31 ahead of Andreu Blanes of Spain and becoming the first African runner to win the historic village-to-village race that includes 7,200 feet of climbing and 3,600 feet of descending.
Kangongo who also holds the Luxembourg Marathon course record of 2:12.10 that he set in 2018, will start serving his three years sentence from September 9, 2022 and all his results from 13 August 2022 have been disqualified.
The AIU has banned Mark Kangogo of Kenya for 3 years for the Presence/Use of Prohibited Substances (Norandrosterone & Triamcinolone acetonide) from 9 September 2022. DQ results from 13 August 2022.
— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) October 13, 2022
Kangogo belongs to the Kenya Sky Running Project Camp and is coached by coach Julien Lyon from Swiss who made an official statement distancing himself from the athlete.
Kenya was place on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) compliance watch list in 2016 along with Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Bahrain, Belarus, and Ukraine.