Fri Apr 7, 2017 12:00PM
This file photo taken on August 14, 2016 shows gold medallist Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya reacting at the podium ceremony for the women's marathon during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro. © AFP
This file photo taken on August 14, 2016 shows gold medallist Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya reacting at the podium ceremony for the women's marathon during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro. © AFP
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The IAAF has announced that a Kenyan athlete who won the Marathon Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics last year, tests positive in an out of competition test.

According to the Sport’s governing body statement, Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO in an out of competition test.

If her B sample is confirmed as positive and she is subsequently banned, it will be a massive blow for African distance powerhouse Kenya.