Kenyans Kennedy Kiprop Cheboror and Purity Temutai Komen are the latest suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for doping-related offences.

Cheboror has been handed a provisional suspension for whereabouts failures. Temutai was banned six years after the prohibited Norandrosterone was found in her testing sample. The ban has been backdated to July 6, 2023, when she was initially put on suspension.

The 26-year-old Temutai Komen won the Istanbul half marathon in April 2023. This was her personal best at 1:06:30. The 33-year-old Kiprop Cheboror ran the 2019 Daegu Marathon in 2:06:59.

Uzbekistan athlete also suspended

Sitora Khamidova, a 34-year-old long-distance runner from Uzbekistan was suspended for the presence of DHCMT, heptaminol and octodrine. Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT) is an illicitly used anabolic–androgenic steroid.

Heptaminol is an amino alcohol and acts as a cardiac stimulant (positive inotropic action). It increases coronary blood flow.

DMHA is an adulterant in sports supplements and is sold online as a designer drug. It is a stimulant.

With this cocktail of illegal drugs, one would expect better performances out of the athlete. Her 10K road best is a modest 34:03. Her half-marathon best is 1:13:29 and her fastest marathon was run in Warsaw, Poland in 2019, where she finished in 2:33:46.

It was first recommended that she be suspended for six years. She is provisionally suspended for four year with at least one year reduced for early admission. She may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, however, her “career” is essentially over.

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