Three-time Quad Cities Marathon men's champ Jynocel Basweti was among a pair of runners receiving two-year suspensions from Athletics Kenya this week for testing positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs.
Basweti and female standout Salome Biwott are among a group of five penalized in the last month by the Kenyan federation.
None of those suspended this year are ranked among the top running country's international elite, but all have won races around the globe. Mathew Kisorio, the third-fastest half-marathoner in history, did offer after his failed drug test and suspension last year that PED use is widespread among Kenyan runners, and was abetted and encouraged by foreign coaches and agents.
Basweti, a 2:14 marathoner, has the same management company as Nixon Cherutich, one of the trio suspended last month. The U.S.-based company, L.M. Elite Running Club, is operated by former elite Russian runner Larisa Mikhaylova. Basweti's suspension is from July 2012 to July 2014.
"The QC Marathon is disappointed to learn of the doping violation,'' said Joe Moreno, the QC Marathon's race director. "Basweti won our event in 2006, 2008, and 2011. At this time, we do not have knowledge of any doping activities during this period.
"The QCM is a strong mid-sized event that has built our foundation on competitive racers, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. Our board of directors, race committee, and sponsors cherish these hallmarks that have built our foundation. Doping and cheating directly violates and infringes on the spirit of our event. We plan to review processes for our 2013 event in compliance with (USA Track & Field) rules and standard practices for drug testing, and will release additional information in the future.''
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.