Kenya's Muraga banned for two years

NAIROBI - Kenya's Julia Mumbi Muraga, winner of the 2014 Cologne Marathon, has been banned for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya said yesterday.

Muraga's ban comes at a time when Kenya is under intense pressure to root out doping.

Muraga, 31, tested positive for the banned blood-booster Erythropoietin, Athletics Kenya (AK) said.

AK chief executive Isaac Mwangi Kamande said Muraga had been summoned to defend her case.

"She still has time to appeal," Mwangi said.

Muraga has been stripped of her Cologne title after the German Anti-Doping Agency discovered she had returned a positive test.

Ethiopia's Shasho Insermu, who was second in the race, has been named as the new winner by organisers of the race.

Dozens of Kenyan athletes have failed dope tests in the past two years.

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