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Mathew Kisorio could face eight years ban for doping violations

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has suspended Kenya’s long distance athlete Mathew Kisorio for whereabouts failure.

This is the second time that Kisorio is facing a run in with the AIU, having been handed a two-year doping ban in 2012.

 The athlete has missed three tests under the whereabouts rule. The offense occurred between January 2021 to 2022.

The World Junior 5,000m silver medalist could face up to eight-year ban because of being a repeat offender.

Justus Kimutai also received the suspension though he claims to have informed the AIU of being outside the country at the said period.

Morris Gachanga banned for doping

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Morris Gachanga from Kenya for two years for the presence and use of a prohibited substance, which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The Embu based marathon has been handed two years for whereabouts that started on 4th March 2020 and all his prizes from December 13th 2021 have been disqualified.

At the same time, AIU has provisionally suspended Mathew Kisorio and Justus Kimutai for whereabouts failures.

Rhonzas Kilimo breaks the course record at Guadalajara Half

Kenya’s Rhonzas Kilimo broke the course record at the 36th edition of the Guadalajara Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Kilimo led a 1-2-3 podium finish but he did not have an easy ride he battled for honors with Benson Kipruto and Shadrack Kimining but he emerged superior cutting the tape in a new course record of 1:01.20 erasing the previous record of 1:01.48 that had been set in 2019 by Mathew Kisorio. Kipruto also finished well inside the course record with a time of 1:01.30.

Shadrack Kimining closed the podium finish also running under the old record clocking 1:01.33.

Samuel Mwangi Nduku and Robert Gaitho Gititu wrapped the Kenyan affair race as they finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:01.57 and 1:02.20 respectively.

The women race was won in a course record of 1:09.12 by Besu Sado from Ethiopia. Naom Jebet took the second place in 1:09.50 with Janet Ruguru closing the podium finishes in 1:09.56.

Pauline Korikwiang and Mayra Vidal from Mexico came home in fourth and fifth place in 1:12.45 and 1:15.04 respectively.



  1. Rhonzas Kilimo              (KEN) 1:01.20
  2. Benson Kipruto               (KEN) 1:01.30
  3. Shadrack Kimining         (KEN) 1:01.33
  4. Samuel Mwangi Nduku  (KEN) 1:01.57
  5. Robert Gaitho Gititu       (KEN) 1:02.20



  1. Besu Sado                     (ETH) 1:09:12
  2. Naom Jebet                   (KEN) 1:09:50
  3. Janet Ruguru                (KEN) 1:09:56
  4. Pauline Korikwiang     (KEN) 1:12:45
  5. Mayra Sanchew Vidal (MEX) 1:15:04

Marius Kimutai, Mathew Kisorio Face Off In Valencia

Two times Rotterdam marathon champion Marius Kimutai and two time Africa Athletics champion Mathew Kisorio will face off in this year’s Valencia marathon to be staged on 2nd December in Spain.

 Speaking on Saturday after competing at the anti-Rabbis race, second edition of Rabbis Free Kenya 10km Road Run held on Saturday in Nandi County, the duo were optimistic they will be carrying the title back home.

Valencia marathon has been dominated by Kenyans and for the last eight years in a row, Kenyans have been winning the title with Sammy Kitwara holding the course record of 2:05.15 after winning the 2017 title.

The 2017 Amsterdam marathon champion, Kimutai won the race Kimutai in 27:02.02 ousting 2017 Daegu marathon champion Kisorio, who will be competing together in Valencia.

Boosting of his personal best in 42kk at 2:05.47 when he won the 2016 Amsterdam marathon, Kimutai said he competed in the race as part of training ahead of Valencia among other short races in the country.

Today’s race was too competitive and never knew that I will win but winning was not in focus since I have set my focus to compete in Valencia. Today was my training,” said Kimutai.

Kimutai won the Rotterdam marathon in 2016 before defending his title in 2016 as Kenneth Kipkemoi won in 2017.

He added that the route has always been part of his training course daily and understand it better that was great for him to win.

Kisorio, who won the Africa 5,000m and 10,000m junior titles finished second timing 27:07.06 while upstart Edward Kibet completed the podium.

I did not plan to compete in this race but I saw it good, since the race course passes near my home, I decided to run as part of my training. This is a good motivation to young people who can emulate me and take athletics seriously, knowing that event those athletes who compete abroad can also take part in this region,” said Kisorio.

Elsewhere former world half marathon bronze medalist Pascalia Jepkorir is set to compete in one of the races in China.

Jepkorir defeated Joyce Chepkemei to lift the title following her second stab locally arranged road races, ran shoulder to shoulder with Jepkemei after they stepped into the lead at 4km. But experienced Jepkorir sped off to win in 32:12 while Chepkemei was second in 32:22 before Betty Lembus completed the podium clocking 32:42.

I will be going to China for a marathon so this was part of my training. At the same time, this is my home and I had to compete well,” said Jepkorir who was in the Kenya team for the 2018 world half marathon in Valencia.

Source: dailysport.co.ke


Asbel Kiprop and Kisorio exchange blows in Club

Three times World metric mile champion Asbel Kiprop and former Africa Junior 10,000m and 5,000m winner Mathew Kisorio were in a fight in a club in Eldoret town.

According to a video that was posted on social media Kiprop who is facing sanctions for allegedly doping and Kisorio who once served a ban for using banned performance enhancing drugs can be seen exchanging blows.

However, the post which had been posted on facebook was removed by Joe Lennon  a few hours later who apologized to the angry followers for the action.

“Having given it some thought I have decided to delete the post about the Brawl in a Nightclub, sorry guys,” said Lennon in post after removing the video.

Lennon’s action of removing the post drew different reactions with others feeling disappointed saying the duo were public figures and Kenyans needed to know as others welcomed the move saying the athletes privacy needed to be protected.

Reacting to the alleged video, Kisorio has denied being the individual in the video fighting the 2008 Olympic champion.

“I was not anywhere near Eldoret on that day and those circulating rumours insinuating that I was involved in a fight with Asbel are out tarnish my name. We are good friends and have never had any differences,” he said.

According to sources, Kiprop and Kisorio who were on a drinking spree at Mamba Club in the North Rift town allegedly brawled over a woman after altercations at around 2am in the wee hours of Monday morning.


Kimutai and Jepkorir take top honors at Rabbis Free Kenya 10k Race

Marius Kimutai, the 2017 Rotterdam marathon winner and former world half marathon bronze medlilist Pascalia Jepkorir piped their opponents to win the 2nd edition of Rabbis Free Kenya 10km Road Run  that was held on Saturday (22) in Nandi Coounty.

title as former world half marathon bronze medlilist Pascalia Jepkorir led in women in a race ran today in Nandi County.

All athletes competing on home turf, Kimutai and Jepkorir proved their worthy in the campaign to eradicate rabbis in line with vision 2030 ahead of world Rabbis Day set for September 28th.

With his preparations to compete at the Valencia marathon, Kimutai cut the tape in 27:02.2 beating former double Africa junior champion Mathew Kisorio who finished second timing 27:04.06 and Edward Kibet completing top three positions by clocking 27:37.09.

The 2016 Amsterdam marathon champion, who enjoys marathon personal best of 2:05.47, said he understands the route very well since it is part of his training lane daily.

“I know this route very well and I utilized the hilly places to outsmart my opponent. This race is part of my preparations for Valencia marathon,” said Kimutai.

The race started at Kipsgak Junction along Kapsabet – Kericho road and completing at Tegat Primary school.

Kisorio returned second in 27:07.06 while upstart Edward Kibet completed the podium.

Jepkorir redeemed herself to win the women’s race following her second position at Chemususu Dam half marathon last Saturday.

She ousted Joyce Chepkemei to win the race in 32:12 as Chepkemei was second in 32:22 before Betty Lembus completed the podium clocking 32:42.

“I will be going to China for a marathon so this was part of my training. At the same time, this is my home and I had to compete well,” said Jepkorir.

Race director and Sharon Lives On director Barnaba Korir said time has come for Kenya to live a free rabbis life.

Korir lives with experience after he lost his daughter due to rabbis after he was bitten by a god.

“We need to end this and we are distributing drugs hospitals and villages to cure this disease. Nobody should die of rabbis in this country,” said Korir.



  1. Marius Kimutai- 27:07.2
  2. Mathew Kisorio- 27:04.06
  3. Edward Kibet-      27:37.9
  4. Solomon Boit-     28:42.6
  5. David Kiprotich- 28:49.8



  1. Pascalia Jepkorir-     32:12
  2. Joyce Chepkemei-     32:22
  3. Betty Lembus –         32:42
  4. Joy Kemuma-             32:47
  5. Bornes Jepchirchir – 32:48


Another soldier down is a common phrase among soldiers in combat use when one of them falls in battle.

This phrase aptly captures the recent doping cases involving Lucy Kabuu. Their case have one common denominator, they both hail from the Rosa and Associati camp.

One year ago we covered Dr. Gabriele Rosa in an expose detailing how his camp had over the years produced champions as well as the highest number of athletes found to have used enhancing drugs. The recent cases of Kabuu who joined Rosa’s camp in January tested positive for narcotic morphine in April. Until then, Kabuu had been an athlete competing honestly for over 15 years without any involvement with banned substances. It is not wrong to assume that her positive test can be linked to her joining the camp.

Hon. Wesley Korir former Boston Marathon champion had this to say about the latest doping scandal involving Lucy Kabuu from the Rosa camp, “I will be vindicated one day when I say that the biggest problem in Kenya doping menace is Rosa and associates and the only way to truly fight doping in Kenyans is to ban this agency from representing Kenyans. Ask when did Kabuu join this agency and immediately she is doping?

So the question to be answered is who is protecting Dr. Rosa? Why is this camp so important to Kenya despite the negative image it has painted of Kenya, a country that has been known as an athletics powerhouse but now every win is being questioned by the world?

Some of the high level names include Rita Jeptoo, Jemima Sumgong, Mathew Kisorio and Agatha Jeruto. The most recent high level athlete has been Asbel Kiprop. The coach under who these names were found to test positive for banned substances was Claudio Beraddelli.

In 2015 Athletics Kenya banned Rosa Associati and Volare Sports for six months as they investigated their roles in doping cases but were later lifted under unclear circumstances by AK.

Many questions arises about this man Dr. Rosa, how powerful is he that he manages to get his way through this doping issues? Has Athletics Kenya shielded the alleged peddlers of doping in Kenya, Rossa Associati, for a long time? Does Dr. Rosa fund Athletics Kenya? Does he have insiders at the IAAF that shield him and his athletes?

According to his website (www.rosassociati.it) the stable has 69 and 35 top notch athletes from around the world. The stable has names like Nijel Amos, Asbel Kiprop, Lonyangata Paul,Stanley Biwott,Lilesa Feyisa Gemeche,Belay Tigist Gashaw,Getent Tigest Mekonen,Yalew Genet and Jemima Sumgong just to name the few.

He has one of the biggest athletes stable in the world with the biggest names in athletics world from the likes of former world record holder and Kenya’s legend Paul Tergat to the current crop of emerging runners the likes of Tuei Sandrafelis Chebet a junior champion.

Lonyangata defends his Paris Marathon title

Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata defended his title at the 42nd edition of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon that was held on Sunday (8) in Paris, France.

Three Kenyan pacemakers, Joseph Kiptum, Ben Kiptai and Edwin Koech– took turns to sustain a regular rhythm. The group of 20 passed the 15km checkpoint in 44:55 and forging on, the trio carried maintained the pace to hit the 20-km mark in 59:48. Nineteen athletes composed the leading group at halfway, passed in 1:03:00. Only Tariku Bekele began to struggle with the pace.

The leaders hit 25 kilometres in 1:14.55 before the three pacemakers had drifted back, leaving 15 men going through the 30 kilometres in 1:30.17.

Mathew Kisorio also from Kenya took charge of the team at 31km mark but the Ernest Ngeno, Lonyangata and Ethiopian Yitayal Atnafu held on to his pace.

Lonyangata decided to pull away from the three at the 40km and never looked back to lead a Kenyan podium finish cutting the tape in 2:06.25 which was 15 seconds outside his personal best he set last year at the same race.

He was closely followed by Mathew Kisorio 11 seconds later with Ngeno crossing the line in third in 2:06.41.

Ethiopia’s Atnafu crossed the line in fourth and Eliud Kiptanui coming in fifth in 2:07.00 and 2:08.20 respectively.


  1. Paul Lonyangata (KEN) 2:06.25
  2. Mathew Kisorio   (KEN) 2:06.36
  3. Ernest Ngeno       (KEN) 2:06.41
  4. Yitayal Atnafu     (KEN) 2:07.00
  5. Eliud Kiptanui     (KEN) 2:08.20