NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A female runner became the first athlete in Kenya to be convicted of a doping offense in a criminal court on Friday.
Distance runner Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi, who finished second at the 2019 Jakarta Marathon, was sentenced to one year of community service after she was found guilty of presenting false documents and lying to the Kenyan anti-doping agency at a hearing.
She changed her plea to guilty having initially pleaded not guilty when she was first charged in court last year.
Kenya criminalized doping offenses in 2016 in the midst of a stream of drug scandals among its world-renowned distance runners. The East African nation updated its anti-doping laws late last year.