Is there anyone who doesn't have at least a little doubt about the legitimacy of this? Without saying anything about how fast he ran or his race history, or the length of the course or what shoes he was wearing, just looking strictly at the company he (or more specifically, his agent) keeps.
He's represented by Pineda, who has among his stable of 15 athletes listed on his IAAF profile, a total of 4 athletes with either outright bans or significant drug associations to their names. Over a quarter of his representation.
1) Mathew Kisorio (two year ban for anabolic steroid use)
2) Sadik Mikhou (provisional suspension in August for ABP violation)
3) Genzebe Dibaba (coached by Jama Aden / present at Sabadell hotel full of EPO)
4) Ayanleh Souleiman (same situation as Dibaba)
The article tiptoes up to this line of thinking by listing 3 of those athletes when it introduces Pineda, but omitting the relevant doping context that surrounds them is pretty neglectful. I get you guys catch a lot of flak from some corners for always harping on the doping angle, and I'd love to celebrate a fantastic new record and an interesting new athlete bursting onto the scene (what a great underdog, rejected-from-the-big-leagues redemption story!) without immediately jumping to drug-fueled cynicism, but come on. Smoke -> fire and all that.