Positive Drug Tests Mar South African Ultras


By Riel Hauman
(c) 2012 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved (used with permission)

(29-Aug) -- Three positive drug tests have been revealed involving athletes who placed in the top-10 in South Africa‰Ûªs two major
ultramarathons, the Comrades and Old Mutual Two Oceans.

In the biggest shock, both Comrades winner Ludwick Mamabolo‰Ûªs samples taken after the race on June 3 showed traces of
methylhexaneamine, a drug commonly found in some training supplements and often used as a nasal decongestant. Mamabolo‰Ûªs victory
in the race over 89.28 km between Pietermaritzburg and Durban made him
the first South African winner of the world‰Ûªs largest ultramarathon since 2005.

Earlier, Lucas Nonyana, who finished eighth in the Two Oceans 56 km race over Easter, had been banned for one month for using the
 same substance. This ban expired on June 17. Nonyana‰Ûªs result has been annulled, which means that all the runners behind him
moved up one position and Moeketsi Mosuhli (LES), who was eleventh in 3:13:07, has been awarded the last gold medal given to top-10
 finishers.

Mosuhli‰Ûªs compatriot Lephetesang Adoro, who was seventh in the Comrades, tested positive for both the corticosteroid prednisone
and a high concentration of testosterone. After the initial test in South Africa, his sample was sent to Germany for further
testing.

According to Khalid Galant of the S.A. Insitute for Drug-Free Sport, a carbon isotope ratio mass spectrometry (CIRMS) test was
conducted in Cologne and the investigation revealed the test result ‰ÛÏwas due to an anti-doping rule violation‰Û and not to
endogenous production of the substance by the athlete‰Ûªs body.

Adoro‰Ûªs case has been passed on to the Lesotho sports authorities. In the past hearings involving Lesotho athletes were conducted
 by the South African authorities and a decision about this case is still awaited.

Mamabolo, 35, was second in the last ‰ÛÏdown‰Û run of the Comrades two years ago and placed seventh in 2011. He won this year‰Ûªs race
in 5:31:03, the slowest winning time since 1995. This came after he had also finished 24th in the Two Oceans.

Mambolo‰Ûªs hearing will be held on September 18. If both he and Adoro are found guilty, the last two gold medals will go to former
 winner Fusi Nhlapo (who was eleventh in 5:40:32) and Godfrey Sesenyamotse (twelfth in 5:40:51).
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