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Jemimah Sumgong Fails IAAF Drug Test

Jemima Sumgong of Kenya wins the women's race in the 2016 London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Thousands of runners are set to take on this year's London Marathon event, including British astronaut Tim Peake, who will tackle the distance in space, while aboard the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Jemima Sumgong

Kenya’s celebrated first woman Olympic Gold Medalist has failed a drug test by world’s athletes’ governing body.

Jemimah Sumgong, 32, tested positive for banned boosters, the IAAF has confirmed.

IAAF said in a statement that the 2016 Rio Olympic Champion’s blood samples contained EPO (Erythropoietin).

EPO is commonly taken to increase number of red blood cells. This helps an athlete survive with low oxygen levels.

The test was conducted in the country as part of IAAF out of competition testing programme specific for elite athletes.

“We can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) has commenced this week,” said IAAF said in a statement after the test’s results.

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