Monday 24 October 2016

Marathon winners under suspicion

Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30

A syringe and an assortment of pills
A syringe and an assortment of pills

Thirty-two medal winners at the world's six top city marathons were among the hundreds of long-distance runners with suspicious blood test results revealed in a leak, according to the 'Sunday Times'.

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The newspaper claims that results from the database of the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), show evidence of widespread cheating among long-distance runners.

According to the latest revelations, many of the suspect runners have won medals in the six most prestigious city marathons - in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York and Tokyo.

Seven of the 24 men's and women's winners of the London Marathon between 2001 and 2012 were athletes who at some point in their careers had produced a suspicious blood test result, according to the newspaper, who did not name the athletes.

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