"Mariita, speaking exclusively to The Associated Press, detailed a regimen of unidentified pills she said Mikhaylova told her were vitamins. Her racing schedule was aggressive, aimed at maximizing prize money. She said Mikhaylova gave her three reddish capsules the day of the Frankfort race and regularly gave her tablets for other races, starting from when she joined her camp in 2011.
Mikhaylova, herself the 1998 European Cup champion at 800 meters, denied ever giving tablets to Mariita and said she repeatedly asked her if she doped and warned that she wouldn't work with her if she did.
Mikhaylova told the AP that she registers athletes only for U.S. races and that runners were on their own when they competed in Mexico.
The runners in Mikhaylova's stable help illustrate the reach of a doping crisis in Kenya's thriving but ill-regulated running program. The East African powerhouse of distance running won 11 athletics medals at the 2012 London Olympics but has also since suffered the ignominy of having 38 runners banned for doping violations.
The sluggish response of Kenyan authorities is generating pressure for remedial action from the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency, and from Kenyan athletes concerned they might be turned away from overseas races, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August. WADA has given Kenya until next Tuesday to comply with anti-doping rules. Missing that deadline could put the onus on the IAAF to suspend Kenya from international competition, as it has for Russia.
The culture of doping has a particularly strong grip on second- and third-tier Kenyan runners, who mostly race abroad, aren't tested regularly and won't compete in Rio. As well as Mikhaylova's camp, the IAAF said it is also investigating other groups of runners in the U.S. and Mexico.
Mikhaylova runs her stable out of a two-story house in a working-class neighborhood in Newport, Kentucky. The house contains dozens of medals and ribbons, hung haphazardly, two and three deep, won by her runners in places such as Akron, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; Duluth, Minnesota."