The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Wednesday that Kenyan athlete and 10-km road race world record holder Rhonex Kipruto has been provisionally suspended for an anti-doping infraction.
In 2020, Kipruto, who also took home a bronze medal in the 10,000-meter race at the world championships, set a new record for the 10-kilometre road race.
The AIU said on Twitter that Kipruto had been suspended “for the use of a Prohibited Substance/Method (ABP)”.
The Athlete Biological Passport, or ABP, displays differences that may indicate the presence of doping. The 23-year-old athlete has received a notification of the charge, the AIU continued.
Kipruto was only 19 when he finished third in the 10,000 at the 2019 worlds in Doha, Qatar. The race was won by Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda.
Months later, Kipruto set a record time for a 10-kilometre road race in Valencia, Spain, and went on to place ninth in the 10,000 at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
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