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• Kenyan marathoner banned after positive test for rat poison substance

Kenyan marathon runner Felix Kirwa has been suspended for nine months after testing positive for strychnine, a banned stimulant which is sometimes used as rat poison.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said Kirwa would be banned until Nov. 14 and was disqualified from his second-place finish at the Singapore marathon last December. Kirwa, who won the Singapore marathon in 2016, said he had been taking herbal medicines that included the banned substance and the AIU said the presence of strychnine in his sample was consistent with that explanation.

Around 50 Kenyan athletes have been sanctioned for doping violations in the past five years.

Read More on: Eurosport
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