London Marathon has obtained judgment from the British High Court meaning Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova will have to repay prize and appearance money she received from their 2010 and 2011 events. Shobukhova will also have to pay a fee of £377,961.62.
Shobukhova was banned from competing by the International Association of Athletics Federations in August 2015 due to abnormalities in her biological passport. While her suspension was cut short due to co-operation with World Anti-Doping Agency investigations, Shobukhova has been banned for life from taking part in the London Marathon and in any other marathon that makes up the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Her results from marathons in 2009 to 2011 have also annulled.
Nick Bitel, Chief Executive of London Marathon Events Ltd, said: “The next step is to get the judgment enforced in Russia. Any money we get back will be redistributed to athletes that were cheated out of their rightful duties.”
“We are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure cheats are caught and do not benefit from cheating."
Results have now been updated and are now as follows:
2010 London Marathon
1. Aselefech Mergia (ETH)
2. Bezunesh Bekele (ETH)
3. Askale Tafa (ETH)
2011 London Marathon
1. Mary Keitany (KEN)
2. Edna Kiplagat (KEN)
3. Bezunesh Bekele (ETH)