• Tokyo Champ Negesse Fails Drugs Test
Last year's Tokyo Marathon champion Endeshaw Negesse of Ethiopia has failed drugs test.
The Ethiopian marathoner Negesse is the first athlete revealed in connection with a nine failed doping tests among Ethiopian elite runners.
According to Guardian more world class Ethiopian runners who have failed drugs test will be announced in a week or so.
Endeshaw Negesse tested positive for a banned substance Meldonium. Interestingly enough Ethiopian borne Swedish mid-distance star, the 2013 world 1500m champion, Abeba Aregawi tested positive for the same drug earlier this week. Meldonium is an metabolic enhancer which helps athletes to increase endurance.
The source says that another marathoner, who have failed doping test will be revealed today or tomorrow.
Negesse holds a world class marathon personal best of 2:04:52 when he took 4th at Dubai marathon in 2013. Last year in Tokyo he beat Olympic champion Steven Kiprotich of Uganda, finishing first after 2:06:00.