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Olympic steeplechase, high jump champions face doping charges

Athletics - Olympics: Day 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Ruth Jebet of Bahrain competes in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Rio Olympic steeplechase champion and world-record holder Ruth Jebet has been suspended since February for testing positive for EPO, the IAAF’s doping watchdog organization confirmed Friday.

Ivan Ukhov, the 2012 Olympic high jump champion, has had a pending doping case since April based on evidence from Richard McLaren‘s investigation into Russian doping for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Jebet and Ukhov are two of the biggest names of 109 doping cases published by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Friday. Others, including 2008 Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop, were already announced.

The Athletics Integrity Unit is the IAAF’s independent organization to monitor doping and corruption.

Jebet, Kenyan-born but competing for Bahrain, was first reported in March by the Guardian to have failed a drug test. She last competed in January.

Ukhov, 32, competed on July 11, according to Tilastopaja.org, while his case is pending before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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