Kenya’s athlete Philip Cheruiyot Kangogo has been handed a two-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for an anti-doping violation.
Kangogo was punished for the presence of a banned substance Higamine – under article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code.
“The AIU has banned Kenyan long-distance runner Philip Cheruiyot Kangogo for two years with effect from 31 July 2019 for the presence and use of a prohibited substance, both violations of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules,” AIU confirmed on Thursday.
The Barcelona Marathon winner suspended for two years (from 31 April 2019 to July 31 202), however, can appeal AIU’s decision.
His personal best time in the marathon is 2:08:16 which he achieved at the Barcelona marathon in 2015.
In Kangogo’s response to AIU, he did not dispute the presence of the substance but at the same time explained that it was not intentional. However, he failed to provide details on the supplements he used prior to the race.
After failing to satisfy AIU in the subsequent correspondences that also involved Athletics Kenya, the athlete was thus handed the ban which takes effect from July 31, 2019.
Kangogo won the 2014 Kass Marathon title and was the first runners up at the 2018 Eldoret City Marathon.