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Sadly, another day, another Kenyan caught doping.
Esther Macharia, winner of several marathons and most recently, a fourth-place finish at the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN in June, tested positive for the presence of testosterone. She is provisionally suspended and may appeal the ban.
Kenyan distance runner Esther Macharia, the reigning Singapore Marathon champion, suspended by AIU over doping pic.twitter.com/h2HH6jYs27— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) March 29, 2023
The 35-year-old ran a new personal best in the event by clocking a 2:27:15. Her previous personal best was from the 2021 Cape Town Marathon, where she clocked a 2:29:17 performance.
According to her progression listed at World Athletics, she was unable to break the 2:30 barrier for 10 years of marathon running, then did so at age 33. None of her performances over shorter distances indicate the ability to run sub-2:30 including a 1:13:37 half-marathon personal best.