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Paris Half Marathon champion banned 5 years for cortisol

One other Kenyan athlete has been banned for 5 years by the Athletics Integrity Unit after being discovered to have violated World Athletics anti-doping guidelines twice. The 2021 Paris Half Marathon champion Betty Lempus examined optimistic for the banned substance triamcinolone acetonide, then she was caught making an attempt to falsify medical paperwork to elucidate the presence of the substance, in accordance with the AIU report.

In Sept. 2021, Lempus received the Paris Half Marathon in a document time of 65:46, the twentieth quickest time in historical past (on the time). Her earlier finest on the half marathon distance was from 2019, the place she was 5 minutes slower.

Lempus was provisionally suspended on Oct. 14, 2022, together with 2021 Boston Marathon champion Diana Kipyokei. Her end result on the Paris Half Marathon on Sept. 5, 2021, has been disqualified.

The punishment is 2 years for the doping violation and 4 for the try to cowl it up. She had a yr subtracted from the ban since she admitted to each costs after being confronted with proof.

In accordance with the report, Lempus had claimed that she had been injected with triamcinolone acetonide at a Kenyan hospital 16 days earlier than the race. However in June 2022, the medical superintendent from the hospital in query acknowledged that although Lempus had been current on the hospital that day, she had not obtained “an intramuscular injection of triamcinolone acetonide on the date.”

Triamcinolone acetonide is a corticosteroid that is about 5 instances as potent as a cortisol shot, which aids restoration and prevents the discharge of gear within the physique that trigger irritation.

The AIU additionally cited different discrepancies, together with false hospital paperwork (together with handle and telephone quantity) and that the physician, whom Lempus claimed attended to her, was not even employed on the hospital.

“We’re happy to conclude this case, particularly as a result of this athlete virtually received away along with her try to dupe the authorities and cheat different runners out of their rightful rewards,” stated AIU Head Brett Clothier in a press launch. “That is the best and honest final result, and it’s a sign to all that the AIU takes its mission significantly and can pursue each angle to succeed in the reality.”

Earlier than the ban, Lempus was fifth on the 2021 Prague Marathon, first on the 2019 Cracovia Half Marathon, and second on the 2019 Metropolis Half Marathon in Napoli.

Lempus won’t be eligible to compete till Sept. 2026.



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