Joseph Mutinda, a Kenyan athlete in the sport of track & field, has received a doping sanction of three years. The 40-year-old Mutinda, the winner of the 2014 Austin Marathon, tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA) as his levels were above the decision limit of 2.5ng/mL on two separate occasions.
According to the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the first occurrence was of an in-competition urine sample collected by USADA at the 2014 Austin Marathon & Half Marathon event held in Austin, Texas on February 16, 2014. The second occurrence happened during an out-of-competition sample collected by USADA on May 3, 2014. Mutinda also admitted to the use of Erythropoietin (EPO) and Furosemide.
The substances for which the Kenyan athletes tested positive and admitted using are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympics Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (“IAAF”) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Furosemide is a substance in the class of Diuretics and Other Masking Agents, 19-NA is a metabolite of an Anabolic Agent, and Erythropoietin is a substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, and Related Substances.
The period of ineligibility for Mutinda began on February 16, 2014, the date his first sample was collected at the Austin Marathon. The athlete finished first in the 2014 Austin Marathon and his result is disqualified. Joseph Mutinda has been disqualified from all other competitive results obtained on and subsequent to December 15, 2013, the date from which records show he was first administered EPO, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
Joseph Mutinda of Kenya, who was third in the Austin Marathon in ’08, ran a brilliant 2:14:17 to win the 2014 Austin Marathon. He cramped and collapsed right at the finish line and wheeled away to the medical tent where he received treatment for dehydration. Mutinda had to be wheeled into the awards ceremony an hour later where he could not get out of the wheelchair to accept the first-place award from marathon director John Conley.
John Conley, race director of the Austin Marathon, said he is pleased that the system has worked in this case and we have been successful in helping keep our sport free of drug cheats. In a press release, Conley said we have taken the matter of cheating of any kind seriously for years and we are particularly vigilant for doping infractions and we instituted doping controls at our race as far back as 2003 by our own initiative and at our own expense.
Prize money is not released under the race's policy until after results of doping control tests are released. The prize of Mutinda was withheld while he appealed his case. Conley said everyone else was paid on time after the anti-doping results came back last May. Conley added we will adjust the prize money paid to Kipkoech Ruto and Toyoyuki Abe upward, and now award third place prize money to Abraham Kiprop with this decision from USADA.