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Double world cross country champion and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Emily Chebet was among seven Kenyan athletes banned today for failing drugs tests as some of the country’s leading runners admitted the country has a serious problem with doping.

Chebet, gold medallist at the 2010 and 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships, has been suspended for four years after testing positive for diuretic and masking agent furosemide, Athletics Kenya said.

The national governing body also banned 400 metres runner Joyce Zakary and 400m hurdler Koki Manunga, who failed drugs tests at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August, for four years.

They also tested positive for furosemide.

Today’s latest suspensions brings to 43 the total number Kenyan athletes to have been banned for drugs.

Forty of them have tested positive in the last three years, including Rita Jeptoo, winner of Boston and Chicago Marathons.

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