Kenyan athlete Lilian Kasait Rengeruk, 12th in the 5000 meters final at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics, on Wednesday became the eighth representative of her country since July to be found guilty of doping by the Integrity Unit of athletics (UIA). The 25-year-old, former world champion in the under-18 3,000 meters, tested positive for letrozole in January. His ten-month suspension runs until February 2023.
Faced with the wave of positive controlsthe Kenyan Athletics Federation has taken a series of steps to tackle the problem, including announcing in July a relaunch of its intelligence and investigation unit “with the aim of dismantling cartels and taking the war on doping to a new level. »
Among the seven other athletes caught in the act of doping is Lawrence Cherono, 34, winner in 2019 of the Boston and Chicago marathons and fourth at the Olympic Games last year. Testing positive for trimetazidine during an out-of-competition test on May 23, he was suspended before the last World Championships.