ZIMBABWE marathon runner Thabita Tsatsa has been declared the winner of the 2013 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra-Marathon after Russian Natalia Volgina was stripped of her title and received a two-year ban for using a banned anabolic steroid, metenolone.
Lester Cameron, chairperson of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC, confirmed that Volgina will lose both her title and the
R250 000 prize money, leaving Tsatsa, who had finished second as the new winner of the competition.
“We are disappointed that there are still athletes who believe that they can get away with doping and we take these offences very seriously.
“As race organisers, we have a responsibility to protect the integrity of our event and sport as a whole.
“The organising team received the official outcome of Ms Volgina’s disciplinary procedure on December 3 2013 and we are currently making the necessary arrangements to pay the top 10 women the balance of their revised prize money,” Cameron added.
Volgina was among 24 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra-Marathon finishers to be tested by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport, with hers yielding the only positive result.