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Two Kenyan marathon runners fail doping tests

Kenyan marathon runners Rael Kiyara and Jemima Sumgong have failed doping tests, German state network ARD reported on Sunday.

ARD said that Kiyara tested positive for a steroid after winning the Hamburg marathon on April 29 and Sumgong was caught using a cortisone product after finishing second in Boston on April 16.

None of the two runners is on the Kenyan team for the London Olympics which start on Friday.

"She was tested positive for a metabolite of nandrolone. It is regrettable that such a top runner appears to use doping substances to win," ARD quoted Kenyan Anti-Doping Agency (KADA) chief Moni Wekesa as saying about Kiyara.

"This must annoy us and is very disappointing. Not only for the Kenyan (athletics) federation but for the entire nation. We Kenyans are proud to win, be it at Olympic Games, world championships and elsewhere."

Kenya has won 68 of its 75 Olympic medals in athletics, the other seven in boxing. The African nation garnered 14 athletics medals at the Beijing 2008 Games and won five of six marathon medals at the 2011 worlds.


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