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Kipsang, 38, experienced four location failures between April 2018 and May 2019, said IAU, in addition to providing false evidence in the form of a false photograph of an overturned truck, in an attempt to explain why he had missed a test. . Three location failures over a 12 month period generally result in an automatic ban on competition.
It was not the first time that Kipsang had been in trouble for missing doping tests. His first failed test took place in late 2013, and he was called to a meeting with Athletics Kenya a few months later.
Kipsang set a world record in 2013 at the Berlin Marathon in 2:03:23. He improved his PB in 2016, also in Berlin, finishing in 2:03:13, second behind Kenenisa Bekele. Kipsang also finished third in the 2018 Berlin Marathon, when Eliud Kipchoge establishing the current official world record at 2:01:39, and he is a double winner of the London Marathon (in 2012 and 2014).