Rita Jeptoo : Marathon Champ Gets a Two-Year Ban For Doping

Rita Jeptoo : Marathon Champ Gets a Two-Year Ban For Doping

Rita Jeptoo, the two-time reigning Boston and Chicago Marathon winner, was banned two years by Athletics Kenya on Friday following testing positive for a banned substance in September.

Jeptoo’s case was heard before a Kenya Athletics commission Thursday, four months after the failed test. She faces possible forfeiture of championships and more than $1 million in lost prize money.

Jeptoo tested positive for EPO, which is used to stimulate production of red blood cells. She won the Chicago marathon on in October, just weeks after failing the drug test.

Jeptoo won the Boston Marathon in 2006, 2013, and 2014. She is also a two-time champion in the Chicago Marathon.

Rita Jeptoo is eligible to race again in September 2016.