Kenyan-born 2016 Rio Olympic Champion, Ruth Jebet, has been named in an on-going doping investigation conducted by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU)
Jebet, 23-year-old, won the gold medal in the 3000 Steeplechase in Rio 2016 with a time of 8:59.75 to become the second all-time fastest woman in the event, representing Bahrain.
In August, she ran 8:25.78, six times faster than the old record to win the Gold medal at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League
The World Record Holder is one of 120 athletes whose cases are being investigated by AIU in order to protect the “integrity and reputation” and increase “transparency” in the sport.
Now in its first year of operation since April 2017, the AIU, after replacing the anti-doping unit of the IAAF, kick-started the process which involves 85 Olympic and World Championship medallists and about 45% Russians.
Jebet’s fellow nationals, Asbel Kiprop, a three-time world champion and long-distance runner Violah Jepchumba, are also named.
Jepchumba is already banned for four years for testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO). A sanction which she is fighting.
Of the 120 published cases, about 114 involves elite and international athletes and four officials. And two have been decided as non-doping related.
The Independent body is poised to “drive cheats out of Athletics”
“We are only at the beginning of our mission to restore the reputation of athletics and there is a lot more work to be done,” Brett Clothier, head of the AIU.
“The current and recent caseload reflects the challenge we face as a sport, but also the fact we are willing to take on that challenge and drive cheats out of athletics.”
Jebet was reported positive for EPO – a blood booster – in March.