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Leading road runners in positive doping tests

Two top road runners are the most recent sportsmen and women to test positive at South African events.

Two Oceans ultra-marathon women’s winner, Natalia Volgina of Russia has been stripped of the title she won earlier this year and slapped with a two-year ban from all competition, subsequent to a final guilty verdict.

This after she tested positive for banned anabolic steroid Metenolone.

Hers was the only positive result of 24 ultra-marathon finishers who were tested after the iconic Cape Town race.

The other positive dope test was that of Cape Town Marathon winner Lindhikhaya Mthangayi. He also tested positive for an anabolic steroid, in his case, that of Methandienone. He now faces a doping charge at an independent tribunal.

This is not Mthangayi’s first brush with the doping police having tested positive four years ago for a stimulant, methylhexaneamine for which he received a six-month ban.

The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) CEO, Khalid Galant said it is their responsibility as the national anti-doping organisation to protect the clean athletes and uphold the integrity of sport. ÔÇ£Athletes should expect that any event they compete in will be subject to drug testing,ÔÇØ he added.

Volgina will lose her title as well as the R250,000 prize money and Zimbabwean athlete Thabita Tsatsa is now the official winner of the women’s title.

The Russian will only be eligible to participate from 15 May 2015.