Three-time Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo has reportedly been banned for two years by Athletics Kenya after both samples from a September test came back positive for doping.
ESPN reports an out-of-competition test showed the blood-booster EPO in the "A" sample, and it was later confirmed by the "B" sample. The standards set by the World Anti-Doping Code changed during her case and officials opted for the typical punishment from when she tested positive:
Under the previous World Anti-Doping Code, the standard sanction for a serious doping offense was a two-year ban. The punishment has been doubled to four years under the new version of the code, which went into effect on Jan. 1.
Drazen Jorgic of Reuters passed along comments from Athletics Kenya chief executive Isaac Kamande about the decision.
"AK followed due process in her (Rita Jeptoo) matter and it was appropriate that she serves a two-year ban," he said.
Along with her success in the Boston Marathon (2006, 2013, 2014), Jeptoo is also the winner of the last two Chicago Marathons. Her last victory in Chicago was in October, one month after the out-of-competition test that eventually led to her two-year ban from the sport. No word yet regarding possible disqualification of previous wins.
The 33-year-old runner has also been denied $500,000 in prize money from the World Marathon Majors as a result of the situation, as noted in the ESPN report.
Reuters adds that Jeptoo previously denied the doping allegations. She hasn't released any statements since the ban was announced, though.