Two Oceans winner stripped of her title and receives ban

2013-12-05 12:07

Russian ultramarathon athlete Natalia Volgina has officially been stripped of her 2013 Two Oceans Marathon title. She also received a two-year competition ban after being found guilty of using the banned anabolic steroid, Metenolone.

Race organisers said in a statement today that Volgina was the only athlete among 24 finishers tested by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) to yield a positive result.

It said: “Following an investigation, during which Volgina had the option to have her B-sample tested, she was officially found guilty by the All Russian Athletics Federation in conjunction with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).”

Two Oceans Marathon chairperson Lester Cameron said Volgina, the first woman to finish, would lose her title and the R250 000 prize money.

“We are disappointed that there are still athletes who believe they can get away with doping, and we take these offences very seriously,” Cameron said.

“As race organisers, we have a responsibility to protect the integrity of our event and the sport as a whole.”

Volgina’s disqualification means that all the runners behind her will move up one position.

Tabitha Tsatsa of Zimbabwe has been named the official winner of the 2013 ultramarathon while American Camille Herron moved into 10th place.

Cameron said: “The organising team received the official outcome of Volgina’s disciplinary procedure on December 3 and we are making the necessary arrangements to pay the top 10 women the balance of their revised prize money.”

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