While World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) have not yet released an official statement regarding Jebet's positive test, several well-known sources revealed The Guardian that the 21-year-old athlete, Jebet, has tested positive for blood booster EPO.
Ruth Jebet is a Kenyan-born athlete who few years switched allegiances to run for Bahrain. Even though Jebet is a Bahrain citizen, she still lives and trains in Kenya.
At 2016 Olympic games in Rio Jebet, who was at that time 18-years-old, won 3000m steeple-chase gold. For winning the Olympic gold medal Bahrain government paid the athlete $500,000USD bonus. At a Diamond League meeting on August 27, 2016 Jebet set a new 3000m steeplechase world record of 8:52.78.
“Honestly I am surprised and shocked. I am absolutely not aware of anything. I tried to reach Ruth but her phone is not answering. I have absolutely no official information.” Jebet's agent Marc Corstjens told media.
Last year the 2016 Olympic and London marathon winner Jemima Sumgong also tested positive for EPO.
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