Originally Posted Online: March 23, 2013, 7:27 pm
Last Updated: March 23, 2013, 8:26 pm

QC champ Basweti suspended for performance enhancing drug use

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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com

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Kenya's Jynocel Basweti crosses the finish line to win the overall men's title at the 2008 Quad Cities Marathon on River Drive in front of Moline's John Deere Commons.
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Jynocel Basweti, Kenya.

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.''