• Former World 1500m Champion Elijah Manangoi Provisionally Suspended

By Watch Athletics

Kenya's 2017 World 1500m champion  Elijah Manangoi has been provisionally suspended from athletics for whereabouts failures by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

Manangoi was one of four Kenyan runners suspended by AIU on Thursday for different anti-doping rules violations.

The other athletes suspended from sports are all marathon runners Patrick Siele, Kenneth Kiprop Kipkemoi, and Mercy Jerotich Kibarus.

Siele was suspended from sports for evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection. Kipkemoi was banned for two years with effect from 25 Feb ’20 for the presence of a prohibited substance, a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules. Kibarus received an eight-year ban with effect from 05 Dec ’19 for the presence of a prohibited substance.

Elijah Motonei Manangowom silver in the  1500 meters at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing and at the 2017 World Championships in London he won the gold medal.

Under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, any combination of 3 whereabouts failures (Filing Failure and/or Missed Test) within a period of 12 months constitute an anti-doping rule violation, for which the applicable sanction is 2 years' ineligibility subject to a reduction to a minimum of 1 year depending on your degree of fault. 

The AIU banned hurdler Natalya Ivoninskaya of Kazakhstan for two years for the presence of a prohibited substance following retesting of her samples from the 2012 London Olympic Games. Her results between 06 Aug ’12 to 05 Aug ’14 are disqualified.

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