Former Marathon World Record Holder Wilson Kipsang Teases Return Following Four Year Doping Ban

The Olympic bronze medalist reassured everyone of his well-being following another road accident

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Former marathon world record holder and Olympic medalist Wilson Kipsang is considering a return to competitive running after completing a four-year doping ban

Kipsang, who has faced setbacks both in his athletic career and personal life, recently hinted to Nation Africa at his comeback, expressing his determination to re-enter the marathon scene.

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Kipsang had been provisionally banned in January 2020 by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for multiple whereabouts failures, not being available for drug testing, and providing false evidence. 

The former Olympic bronze medallist was sanctioned after four whereabouts failures between April 2018 and May 2019. Additionally, Kipsang faced an increased sanction for tampering with the investigation by providing false evidence and witness testimony.

Prior to his sanction, Kipsang compiled an extensive list of accomplishments in marathon running.

The Kenyan has won five World Marathon Majors, including Tokyo (2017), New York (2014), London (2014, 2012), and Berlin (2013).

At the 2013 Berlin Marathon, Kipsang set a new world record in the marathon after running 2:03:23

Kipsang also earned a bronze medal in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Despite his setbacks, Kipsang has reportedly been preparing for his grand return to competitive running. 

Speaking to Nation Africa, he revealed that he is sharpening his skills and eyeing participation in prestigious marathons, including the Tokyo Marathon, Paris Marathon, or Hamburg Marathon. 

Adding another layer to his journey, Kipsang recently survived another road accident recently. 

Alongside his wife and two sons, Kipsang escaped with minor injuries after swerving his vehicle to avoid a collision

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The accident, the second in four years for Kipsang, occurred when the brake of his Toyota Landcruiser failed. Despite the scare, Kipsang indicated that no one was injured in the crash, and that he and his family are now at home.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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