Monaco - The 800 metres world championships bronze medallist
Kipyegon Bett of Kenya has tested positive for the blood-booster EPO having
already been suspended and charged with evading a doping test.
The failed test was announced Sunday by the Athletics Integrity
Unit, which handles doping cases for the IAAF.
The 20-year-old Bett, the world junior champion in 2016, was
suspended two weeks ago for "refusing or failing to submit" to a
He faces a four-year ban.
Bett is the fourth Kenyan to face doping charges since the
start of the year and another high-profile athlete from the east African
distance-running powerhouse to test positive for EPO.
Asbel Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic champion and three-time world
champion in the 1 500 metres, is facing a disciplinary tribunal after being
charged with using EPO.
Other Kenyans currently facing doping charges include former
10 000-metre Commonwealth champion Lucy Wangui (morphine) and 2017 Athens
Marathon winner Samuel Kalalei (EPO).
Ruth Jebet, the Kenya-born 3 000-metre steeplechase prodigy
who won gold at the 2016 Olympics at the age of 19, was also suspended this
year and charged with using EPO.
Jebet, who runs for Bahrain, won the Asian senior title at
the age of 16 and broke the world record when she was 19.