Abnormal fluctuations must be due to cheating, experts believe.
Daniel Wanjuru, who has won prestigious London Marathons and Amsterdam Marathons, is banned from using doping.
This is confirmed by The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which represented the International Athletics Federation (WA) in the case.
Wanjuru was suspended in April this year after abnormal values were found in a blood sample. They did not agree with the normal values in his blood passport, and AIU thus suspected him of blood doping.
Wanjuru denied having done anything illegal and demanded that the case be considered by a disciplinary committee.
Now the AIU has made its final decision and will ban the marathon star from athletics until December 2023.
According to the BBC, the Wanjiru camp is “disappointed” with the decision and is considering appealing to the Sports Arbitration Court (CAS).
According to the case documents, the International Athletics Federation took 16 samples of the Kenyan from April 20, 2017 to April 25, 2019. It was the 14th sample that attracted attention. It was taken the day after an altitude stay and in connection with a competition in London.
The sample showed a hemoglobin concentration of 19.4, a jump from 17.4 on a sample taken a month earlier. Four days after the race, the blood value was measured at 16.8.
Wanjiru finished third in the London Half Marathon, two seconds behind winner Mo Farah.
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Impossible to explain without cheating
The medical experts who have contributed to the case believe that such a variation “cannot be natural”, despite the fact that Wanjuru came from a height stay. Thus, they suspected cheating.
The practitioner did not test positive for using an illegal drug, but was taken due to abnormally large fluctuations in the values in his blood passport. This fluctuation, according to AIU’s panel, could not possibly have happened without cheating. Either by using EPO or other doping agents, or blood transfusion.
Kenya has had some of the best runners in the world for a number of years, but the country has been criticized for not taking the doping problem seriously. Among the many who have been exposed for doping is Aspel Kiprop, for a number of years the world’s best 1500-meter runner and competitor to Henrik and Filip Ingebrigtsen.
In addition, Kenya is one of the countries with the most doping cases related to abnormalities in blood passes.