Rita Jeptoo (born 15 February 1981) is a Kenyan marathon runner. Originally a winner of the Boston Marathon three times, including setting the then course record at 2:18:57 in 2014, she had also won marathons in Chicago, Stockholm, and Milan, as well as having represented Kenya in the event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. She was the bronze medalist at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships.
Jeptoo tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test 25 September 2014. Athletics Kenya handed her a two-year ban from sports for the anti-doping rule violation. On 26 October 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal from the IAAF against the leniency of the two year ban given by Athletics Kenya, and instead set a four-year ban, and the annulling of all results from 17 April 2016, including her wins in the 2014 Boston and Chicago marathons, citing "her deceptive and obstructive conduct throughout the proceedings" as aggrevating factors justifying the maximum penalty
Jeptoo won the 2004 Stockholm Marathon, her first marathon race, and then took a consecutive victory at the Milan Marathon. She finished third in the 2005 Turin Marathon and seventh at the 2005 World Championships.
In 2006, she set a personal best time of 2:23:38 winning the Boston Marathon, she took the title at the Paris Half Marathon, she won the bronze medal at the 2006 World Road Running Championships, she was fourth at the New York City Marathon that same year. In 2007, she finished fourth in Boston, attempting to defend her title, and was quoted as saying, "I never felt good in the cold. I couldn't get my body in a rhythm." She won the Lisbon Half Marathon that year, later going on to take seventh place in the marathon at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. She ended her 2007 with a new course record at the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race, earning US$50,000 as a result.
She won the Portugal Half Marathon in 2008. She was among the leading runners at the Boston and New York marathons that season, finishing third and fourth respectively. She took time off from running for maternity leave from late 2008 onwards, returning to competition in 2011. The Rotterdam Marathon was her return marathon outing and she came fifth with a time of 2:28:09 hours. She ran her fastest marathon time since 2005 at the Frankfurt Marathon, taking fifth place after 2:25:44 hours.
Returning to the site of her 2006 win, she came sixth at the 2012 Boston Marathon. She came fourth at the Beach to Beacon 10K and Falmouth Road Race, but delivered her best performance in half a decade at the 2012 Chicago Marathon. A tight duel with Atsede Baysa in the latter stages of the race resulted in her narrowly finishing as runner-up, but her time of 2:22:04 hours knocked over a minute and half off her six-year-old personal best.
Jeptoo defended her Chicago Marathon title in 2014, winning with a time of 2:24:35. However, she had a positive doping test in her "A" sample, given in Kenya two weeks before the race. Her agent Federico Rosa, a prominent name in elite marathon running, confirmed the fact but refused to reveal the responsible substance.
On 21 April 2015, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced it had received two separate appeals pertaining to the ban. One, from Jeptoo, asked that the challenged decision be set aside, and the two-year suspension be lifted. The second was from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), who requested that Jeptoo's ban be increased to four years, due to "..aggravating circumstances which it argues warrant an extended period of ineligibility."
On 26 October 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal from the IAAF against the leniency of the two year ban given by Athletics Kenya, and instead set a four-year ban, and the annulling of all results from 17 April 2016, including her wins in the 2014 Boston and Chicago marathons, citing "her deceptive and obstructive conduct throughout the proceedings" as aggrevating factors justifying the maximum penalty
She is married to Noah Busienei, a middle distance runner.
|2004||Stockholm Marathon||Stockholm, Sweden||1st||Marathon||2:35:14|
|Milan Marathon||Milan, Italy||1st||Marathon||2:28:11|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||7th||Marathon||2:24:22|
|2006||Paris Half Marathon||Paris, France||1st||Half marathon||1:09:56|
|Boston Marathon||Boston, United States||1st||Marathon||2:23:38|
|2007||Lisbon Half Marathon||Lisbon, Portugal||1st||Half marathon||1:07:05|
|2013||Boston Marathon||Boston, United States||1st||Marathon||2:26:25|
|Chicago Marathon||Chicago, United States||1st||Marathon||2:19:57|
|2014||Boston Marathon||Boston, United States||DSQ (1st)||Marathon|
|Chicago Marathon||Chicago, United States||DSQ (1st)||Marathon|
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- Stockholm Marathon History 2004–2006 accessed 10 August 2007
- Milan City Marathon 2004 Retrieved 10 August 2007
- Turin Marathon History Retrieved 10 August 2007.
- Paris Half Marathon – List of Winners
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- "Kabuu and Kipsang triumph in high-quality races at Ras al-Khaimah Half". IAAF. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- "Desisa and Jeptoo will defend their Boston Marathon titles". IAAF. 13 December 2013.
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- Agent: Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo failed doping test. USA Today (31 October 2014). Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- Pepin, Matt (31 October 2014). Boston Marathon women’s champ Rita Jeptoo failed drug test. Boston Globe. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "Jeptoo facing increased doping ban". Daily Nation Kenya. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. The Court in its statement announced that both appeals were currently in progress, with no decision date given.
- Boston Marathon Runner Profile – Rita Jeptoo Retrieved 10 August 2007
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