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After Testing Positive For EPO, Running Star Rita Jeptoo Banned For 2 Years

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women's Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21.
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Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women's Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21.

One of marathoning's brightest stars has been banned for two years, after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Athletics Kenya, the body that governs running in the country, said Rita Jeptoo tested positive for erythropoietin, or EPO, a popular performance-enhancing drug.

Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times and she won her second Chicago Marathon in October.

As we reported, Jeptoo was well on her way to being crowned the best marathoner in the world in 2014 by the World Marathon Majors.

That coronation was put on hold when word emerged in late October that Jeptoo had tested positive for a banned substance.

The suspension handed down by Athletics Kenya confirms that both samples taken from Jeptoo just before the Chicago Marathon in September tested positive for EPO.

Jeptoo won't be able to compete until after Oct. 29, 2016.

ESPN reports Jeptoo is 33 and has "already been denied her share of the $500,000 prize for winning the 2013/14 World Marathon Majors."

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