For those who didn't see the news prior to NYC, Rita Jeptoo failed an out of competition drug test in September and has requested her B sample be tested. The World Marathon Majors ceremony was postponed since she would have been the one receiving the $500,000 prize. She won Boston and Chicago last year and Boston and Chicago this. In fact, the out of competition drug test was conducted a few weeks before she ran Chicago. The first reports would not say what drug was found, but later it was confirmed as EPO.
When I saw the reports, I couldn't help but feel extremely
disappointed. I know doping touches practically every sport out there;
there's so much money wrapped up in sports nowadays, and pressure to win
comes with that. But that still didn't prep for me for the
disappointed feelings I had while reading the articles about Jeptoo's
drug test. Since the B sample results have not been released, it is
still a pending investigation, but if EPO was in her system, it's hard
to think the B sample won't have EPO either.
Now, another article has come out with Jeptoo's estranged husband saying she's been doping since 2011. Even though there is no evidence/ no articles saying she failed drug tests after she won her races (specifically Boston and Chicago in 2013 and 2014), that report yesterday made my blood boil. My feelings about this are, of course, wrapped up in Boston. Jeptoo won Boston in 2013 and 2014. She set the course record this year, as did several of the women who ran with her. I feel protective of that race, and not just because of 2013. The town I grew up in is the halfway point on the course. I know people who have run Boston, and I know the feeling of waking up on Marathon Monday, even if you're not one of the runners.
Since reading the most recent article, my knee-jerk reaction is to strip her of those post-2011 titles. Her husband's statement certainly casts doubt on those victories and even taints her results of races she didn't win. It all boils down to her B test results, but I can't help but doubt everything she does from here on out.