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 Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.