Rita Jeptoo Reportedly Tests Positive for Banned Substance

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In a scene more appropriate for Revolutionary France, the Queen is in trouble.

After declaring herself the Queen of Chicago, two-time Bank of America Chicago Marathon winner and expected World Marathon Majors winner Rita Jeptoo has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance, according to Run Blog Run and reporter Larry Eder.

Jeptoo won Chicago this year for the second consecutive time. She also won at Boston this year and was in line to be awarded the $500,000 prize for the World Marathon Majors title. However, the series has announced that the planned ceremony on Sunday following the New York Marathon will be postponed. Jeptoo will be tested again and if positive, will have her titles and winnings revoked.

According to the Run Blog Run exclusive, the Kenyan runner tested positive in the end of September in her home country. Her B test has not yet been administered. Jeptoo dominated the field at this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a similar fashion to her 2013 victory. Her 2014 season was so impressive that no woman competing in the New York Marathon had an opportunity to catch her in points.


Jeptoo would become the second consecutive Bank of America Chicago Marathon female winner and World Marathon Majors champion to test positive for steroids. In 2013, three-time Chicago champion and defending WWM champion Liliya Shobukhova tested positive and lost her titles. She also had her ability to compete in future races revoked for the time being. Her case is still in appeals.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon race director Carey Pinkowski has not yet been available for comment.