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Lawrence Cherono banned for seven years for doping and tampering

Lawrence Cherono banned for seven years for doping and tampering

The 2019 Boston and Chicago Marathon winner confessed to 3 anti-doping guideline offenses

Lawrence Cherono, a two-time significant marathon champ and the previous world No.1 over 26.2 miles, has actually been prohibited for 7 years for doping and tampering.

The 35-year-old confessed to 3 anti-doping guideline offenses, consisting of tampering for trying to deceive the examination.

Cherono, who has an individual finest of 2:03:04 in the marathon and is 12th on the world all-time list, was suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in 2022 after evaluating favorable for the prohibited compound trimetazidine, in an out-of-competition test.

He has actually now gotten a four-year restriction for the favorable test and was provided another 4 years by the AIU for the tampering offense. However, as Cherono confessed to the offenses, he has actually been provided a one-year decrease to his restriction.

In addition to Boston and Chicago, Cherono has actually won marathons in Seville, Valencia, Prague, Honolulu and Amsterdam.

Lawrence Cherono (Amsterdam Marathon)

The AIU stated: “In trying to describe the favorable test, Cherono at first stated he had actually been provided the antibiotic Erythromycin and was likewise injected with an unidentified compound by a medical professional to deal with stomach issues, however then likewise tried to link his training coworkers for the unsuccessful test, declaring they were ‘jealous of his success’.

“However, in a subsequent composed declaration, Cherono stated he had actually been accidentally provided Trimetazidine in the kind of Carvidon tablets by his better half – rather of the pain relievers he had actually asked for – to deal with muscle discomfort following training on 22 May 2022. According to the runner, his better half had actually been recommended the Trimetazidine 4 days previously at a medical centre.

“To support his explanation, Cherono provided a laboratory request from the medical centre, including hand-written details of medications prescribed for his wife, along with a photograph of the underside of tablets enclosed in their blister packaging. In collaboration with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), further investigations into the laboratory request and additional medical documents provided by Cherono as proof of his wife’s treatment at the medical centre, revealed “several inconsistencies”.

“Following a demand from ADAK to the medical centre in November 2022 for extra details to confirm the files separately, the center director verified in December 2022 that they ‘were not genuine/official documents from the clinic and that the information they contained was not true and accurate’.

“Following this development, the AIU said its investigation into Cherono’s explanation and the submitted documents ‘was materially obstructed and substantially undermined’, with repeated attempts to obtain copies of medical records to corroborate the runner’s wife’s alleged medical treatment proving unsuccessful. After its attempts to secure the wife’s medical records were repeatedly impeded, the AIU – through ADAK – gained a court order in Kenya compelling the medical centre to surrender the documents. In response, the medical centre said there were no records available for any treatment to the athlete’s wife since May 1, 2022.”

Lawrence Cherono (Chicago Marathon)

On June 26, 2024, Cherono confessed to the offenses in a signed letter to the AIU, marking completion of the two-year examination.

“This decision is testament to the tireless and persistent efforts of the AIU in investigating doping and the explanations provided for positive tests,” stated AIU Head, Brett Clothier.

“Since its inception, the AIU has remained steadfast in its commitment to clean sport, and this decision sends a strong signal to drug cheats that the AIU will leave no stone unturned in carrying out its mandate.”

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