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An Olympic bronze medallist and former marathon world record holder has been provisionally suspended after he was charged for doping.Source:AP

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, the former world record holder for the men’s marathon, has been provisionally suspended for doping violations.

The 37-year-old Kenyan was charged with two breaches of anti-doping rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit said on Friday.

“The AIU confirms a provisional suspension against Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Kenya for whereabouts failures & tampering,” the body said.

The AIU didn’t disclose any more information.

“No prohibited substance was found,” Kiprotich’s management, VolareSports Running, claimed in a statement on Facebook.

The company said the charge regarding alleged or attempted tampering “concerns an explanation that was given in the results management process regarding a possible whereabouts failure and does not concern tampering with a doping test itself.” It didn’t elaborate any further.

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang winning the 2017 Tokyo Marathon

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang winning the 2017 Tokyo MarathonSource:AFP

FASTEST MEN’S MARATHON TIMES

Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) — 2:01:39

Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) — 2:01:41

Birhanu Legese (Ethiopia) — 2:02:48

Mosinet Geremew (Ethiopia) — 2:02:55

Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) — 2:02:57

Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) — 2:03:13

Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) — 2:03:13

Kiprotich specialises in long-distance running, competing in events ranging from 10km to the marathon. He’s a two-time London Marathon champion, winning in 2012 and 2014.

The Kenyan broke the marathon world record time in Berlin in 2013, setting 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds.

A year earlier, he won the bronze medal at the London Olympics.

Kiprotich has also won marathon races in New York, London, and Tokyo.

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