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Two-time London Marathon winner Kipsang provisionally suspended

Wilson Kipsang is the sixth-fastest marathon runner in historyTwo-time London Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang has been charged for ‘whereabouts failures’ and ‘tampering’ by the Athletics Integrity Unit.The 37-year-old Kenyan is now banned from competing until his hearing has taken place.Kipsang – the London 2012 marathon bronze medallist – has also won the Berlin, New York and Tokyo marathons.His management stressed he has not failed a drugs test and added: “No prohibited substance was found.”Volare Sports added: “The accusation regarding alleged/attempted tampering concerns an explanation that was given in the results management process regarding a possible Whereabouts Failure and does not concern tampering with a doping test itself.”Kipsang is the sixth fastest marathon runner in history, with a personal best of two hours three minutes and 13 seconds.The AIU – founded by World Athletics to combat doping in 2017 – confirmed Kipsang’s suspension for “whereabouts failures” and “tampering or attempted tampering”.Under anti-doping regulations, athletes have to inform testing authorities of their whereabouts for a one hour window of every day.Three failures in 12 months – not being present at the said time, or filing inaccurate or incomplete information, counts as one failure – leads to an automatic ban. On its website, the Athletics Integrity Unit says it “will be taking a more stringent approach to whereabouts requirements in 2020”.

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