Friday, January 27, 2012
Winner of 2010 Dublin Marathon stripped of her Tokyo Marathon title
According to the Japan Anti-Doping Agency, HES is used to conceal blood doping carried out to improve aerobic performance. This is the first time the substance has been detected at a race within Japan, but the number of athletes caught using it in overseas cycling races and similar events is considerable. According to the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, the announcement of the result was held until the completion of the proper procedures by the IAAF. Aryasova will be stripped of all race results following last year's Tokyo Marathon and will serve a two-year ban beginning last April 29.
In the Dublin City Marathon in October 2010, Tatyana Aryasova of Russia broke the women's course record by winning in a time of 2:26.12, beating the old record of 2:27.22, set by Ruth Kitol of Kenya in 2003.
Considering that she failed a drugs test just four months later, it raises a serious question about her Dublin victory. Was she clean then?