01 OCT 2003 General News Monaco

Analysis of Bernard Lagat B Sample returns negative result

Bernard Lagat celebrates winning the 1500m in Madrid's World Cup (Getty Images)Bernard Lagat celebrates winning the 1500m in Madrid's World Cup (Getty Images) © Copyright

MonacoThe analysis of the B sample of Kenyan middle distance runner Bernard Lagat has failed to confirm the initial result of the anti-doping test conducted in Tubingen, Germany on 8 August 2003, where the analysis of the A sample returned an adverse finding for Erythropoietin (EPO).

The analysis of the B sample was conducted by the IOC-accredited laboratory in Cologne, Germany on 29 September and did not corroborate the original result. Consequently the athlete is able to compete.

Following the original finding, the athlete had been withdrawn for the national team for the 9th  IAAF World Championships by the Kenyan Federation.

28 years old, Bernard Lagat is a leading 1500 metre runner with a personal best at that distance of 3:26.34 and was the winner of that event at the IAAF World Cup in Athletics in Madrid in September 2002.

In 2003, he came second behind Driss Maazouzi (FRA) at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.