A quick update from John Conley, race director of the Austin Marathon, on the disqualification of Joseph Mutinda as the winner of the 2014 Austin Marathon.
USADA announced earlier this week that Mutinda, a Kenyan track and field athlete, admitted to using prohibited substances and accepted a three-year sanction for his doping offenses. He tested positive for 19-norandrosterone in a sample collected at the 2014 Austin Marathon on February 16, 2014.
“I’m pleased that the system has worked in this case and we have been successful in helping keep our sport free of drug cheats,” Conley said in a press release. “We have taken the matter of cheating of any kind seriously for years and we are particularly vigilant for doping infractions. We instituted doping controls at our race as far back as 2003 by our own initiative and at our own expense.”
Under the race’s policy, prize money is not released until after results of doping control tests are released. Mutinda’s prize was withheld while he appealed his case. Everyone else was paid on time after the anti-doping results came back last May, Conley said.
“With this decision from USADA, we will adjust the prize money paid to Kipkoech Ruto and Toyoyuki Abe upward, and now award third place prize money to Abraham Kiprop,” Conley said.
Mutinda’s name was removed from results and the new order of finish has been adjusted to show the following top three for the 2014 race:
1. Kipkoech Ruto 2:14.45 $3,000 + $1,000 sub-2:20 bonus
2. Toyoyuki Abe 2:19.58 $2,000 + $1,000 sub-2:20 bonus
3. Abraham Kiprop 2:20.43 $1,000