Ethiopia – Ambesse Tolossa stripped of 2007 Honolulu Marathon title – Associated Press

June 24th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

HONOLULU – Ambesse Tolossa of Ethiopia was stripped of his 2007 Honolulu Marathon title and suspended from international competition after testing positive for a banned substance, race officials said Tuesday.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said the 30-year-old Tolossa tested positive for an opiate and will be banned from international competition retroactive from May 2 until April 4, 2010. (more…)

HONOLULU – Ambesse Tolossa of Ethiopia was stripped of his 2007 Honolulu Marathon title and suspended from international competition after testing positive for a banned substance, race officials said Tuesday.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said the 30-year-old Tolossa tested positive for an opiate and will be banned from international competition retroactive from May 2 until April 4, 2010.

In December, Tolossa won the Honolulu Marathon for the second straight year, holding off five-time winner Jimmy Muindi of Kenya. Tolossa finished in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 26 seconds.

Muindi, who crossed the line 1:27 later, will be awarded his sixth title and will receive Tolossa’s $40,000 first-place prize money.

This is the first time in the marathon’s 35-year history that a champion has been disqualified. It was also the first time in eight years the marathon had tested the top runners for performance-enhancing drugs and other banned substances.

Testing was instituted after the 2006 women’s champion, Lyubov Denisova, tested positive for an elevated testerone-to-epitestosterone ratio at her home in Gainesville, Fla., and was given a two-year ban. The out-of-competition testing came about three months after the race.

Honolulu Marathon president Jim Barahal said he reinstituted testing to ensure fair competition. As a medical doctor, he often advises companies about drug testing and tells them, “Don’t do drug testing if you can’t live with the results.”

“You’re going to get results that are going to surprise you, disappoint you, frustrate you and force you to make difficult decisions often involving people you know well,” he said. “I’ll take the same philosophy to the marathon. We did the testing and we have to prepare for the results.”

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  1. Mussa Ghedi
    | #1

    Currently, drug abuse and testing remain controvertial in the sporting world which makes it difficult to accept reports on its face value. Some times the officials get it totally wrong finding the innocent guilty, of course other times they do find out the culprits. However, if Tolosa’s case proves to be true, it will leave a tarnished mark on the rather highly dedicated, self motivated, clean and genuine Ethiopian athlets reputation.

    May Allah bless them

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