Kenyan Star Athlete Banned for Doping

A photo of Lilian Rengeruk winning the 5000m at the African Games in August 2019.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Kenyan athlete, Lilian Rengeruk, for eight months for the use of prohibited substances.  

Rengeruk was found guilty of using a Prohibited Substance (Letrozole) and her results since January 20, 2022, are disqualified.  

The ban is effective for five months, from the date of the Case Resolution Agreement, September 19, 2022.

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“On 20 January 2022, Lilian Kasait Rengeruk1 (“the Athlete”) provided a Sample Out-of Competition during a Doping Control conducted on behalf of the Athletics Integrity Unit (“AIU”) of World Athletics, which resulted in an Adverse Analytical Finding for Letrozole2 (“the AAF”) which is a Specified substance, prohibited at all times,” part of the statement from AIU read.  

She was also asked to forfeit any medals, points and prize money she received from January 20. 

According to the AIU, Rengeruk was issued with a Notice of Charge on February 16, 2022, confirming that she was charged for potential anti-doping rule violations (“ADRVs”) 

Rengeruk was also informed that she would be banned for 10 months. The 25 -year-old replied on February 23, 2022, asking to enter into a Case Resolution Agreement to resolve the matter 

She later admitted and agreed to be sanctioned for the ADRVs with a period of Ineligibility of 10 months. Rengeruk was also barred from appealing the case.

In her career, Rengeruk has found some success whereby at 16, she won the 3000m girls race, setting a World Youth leading time of 8:58.74 during the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.

In Augast 2017, Rengeruk won the women’s 5000m race at the African Games in Rabat. 

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