STATUS QUO — March

HERE’S THE LATEST in the aches, pains & eligibility departments:

Reigning Oly steeple champ Ruth Jebet has received a 4-year EPO ban. (VICTOR SAILER/PHOTO RUN)

British 13:06.21 performer Andrew Butchart recently had surgery on his left heel.

Ukrainian walker Ruslan Dmytrenko, a 2-time World Ranker, has had numerous surgeries on his legs and hands following a serious car crash.

Former Duke decathlete Daniel Golubovic has switched his nationality to Australia.

Before the season evaporated, former SEC indoor mile champ Lauren Gregory had been set to redshirt the season at Arkansas.

Here’s a different suspension: the AIU has given a 4-year ban to Panama’s Virjilio Griggs for falsifying results to get into the ’17 Worlds.

A big name fell by the wayside in early March when the AIU handed reigning Olympic steeple winner Ruth Jebet a 4-year EPO suspension, backdated to December of ’17. The former WR holder eventually admitted to the presence of EPO in her sample but waived her rights to an analysis of her B sample when she said she couldn’t afford to pay for it.

Hammer thrower Kibwé Johnson, now 39, says he may consider retirement because of the Olympic postponement.

Elvin Kibet, 30, is now a U.S. citizen and is eligible for national teams. Last year the former Kenyan ran 15:27.74 for 5000.

Kenneth Kipkemoi, the winner of the ’18 Rotterdam Marathon in a PR 2:05:44, has been provisionally suspended on a doping violation.

Polish discus great Piotr Małachowski, who had been set to retire at the end of the summer, says he will continue another year so he can say goodbye after the Olympics. In the meantime, he will have the surgery on his right knee that he had been putting off, saying, “I intend to prepare 100% and be really strong and dangerous to my competitors.”

Former Iowa star Diane Nukuri, who placed 13th for Burundi in the Rio 10,000 in her PR 31:28.69, is now eligible to represent the U.S. at age 35.

Three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein dropped out of the Trials Marathon at 22M, revealing that injury problems had kept him from any runs longer than 12M in the two previous months.

Kellyn Taylor thought she had a muscle sprain in the OT Marathon; the pain was part of the reason she fell back to finish 8th (2:29:55). Turned out it was a fractured tibia she was running on.

Ryan Vail took a fall in the middle of the OT 26-miler, injuring his foot.

Blanka Vlašić, who has not jumped since Rio, says she is recovering from a chronic ankle condition, but was not planning on jumping in the Olympics anyway.


Doping Bans:
4 years—Ruth Jebet (Bahrain, steeple), Ioánnis Kiriazís (Greece, javelin), Peter Kwemoi (Kenya, marathon), Philip Kimutai (Kenya, marathon), Berhanu Wendim (Ethiopia, 10,000);
2 years—Albert Rop (Bahrain, distance);
19 months—Kateryna Tabashnyk (Ukraine, high jump);
16 months—Sammy Kitwara (Kenya, marathon). □

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