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Kenyan Purity Changwony has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). Three others were also suspended before competing at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Changwony, a 33-year-old marathon runner had her suspension dated back to July 28 2022. Her sample showed the presence or use of the prohibited substances 19-norandrosterone and triamcinolone acetonide. These are two common performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for Kenyan athletes.
The AIU has provisionally suspended Purity Changwony of Kenya, backdated to 28 July 2022, for the presence/use of Prohibited Substances (19-Norandrosterone; Triamcinolone Acetonide). pic.twitter.com/QQIiYZK24t— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) March 17, 2023
Changwony was a reserve athlete on the Kenyan team competing at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. She she was removed from Team Kenya when her sample returned a positive result for the PEDs.
Changwony owns a personal best in the marathon of 2:22:46, which she accomplished at the Xiamen Marathon in April of 2021. Her latest was a 2:25:11 performance from the Praque Marathon in May 2022.
Fellow Kenyan marathon runners Stellah Jepngetich Barsosio and Philemon Kacheran as well as Kenyan 1500m runner Kumari Taki, were other athletes who were removed from Team Kenya before Birmingham also testing positive for PEDs.