Why Muthoka failed to travel

August 21, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, August 21 – It has now emerged that the national 400 metres champion Elizabeth Muthoka did not travel to Beijing for the Olympic Games after allegedly failing a drugs test.

Sources told Capital Sport that Muthoka who was set to compete in the women’s 400 metres allegedly failed two drug tests in the build up to the games and was consequently omitted from the national squad.

Athletics Kenya (AK) reportedly decided to keep the matter on the down low until after the Olympic Games when she will appear before the body’s commission for a hearing before the athletics body takes any action.

Our sources in Beijing confirmed that the athlete did not make the trip.

Her whereabouts had remained a mystery in the past week with national team officials playing a cat and mouse game with the media  on whether she was in Beijing or Kenya.

Muthoka had a stellar season this year twice breaking the national 400 metres record.

She smashed a 24 year old national record at the national athletics championships on June 26 clocking 51.4 seconds to smash Ruth Waithera’s 400 metres record of 51.56 seconds set way back in 1984 during the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Muthoka was trailing Joyce Zakary as they reached the 300 metre mark but she then powered forward to break one of Kenya’s longest standing records.

Then at the national trials she further lowered it to 50.8 seconds.

She was in camp throughout the Olympic build up but she apparently never made the trip.

Efforts to contact her or her coaches have bore no fruit.



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