Dublin Marathon runner given anti-doping ban

Canadian runner Natasha Yaremczuk has been given a 14 month ban after failing an anti-doping test at the 2017 Dublin Marathon. After finishing as the 10th woman in the race, with a time of 2:52:38, Yaremczuk claims the prohibited substances in question were unknown ingredients in a supplement she took before the race.

In a statement, Sports Ireland said she had committed a violation of Article 2.1 of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, which regards “the presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in your sample.”

The sample, taking immediately after the Dublin Marathon last year, tested positive for the presence of prohibited substances, 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (DMBA) and higenamine. The UK Anti-Doping agency cautioned athletes about DMBA, after a study in 2015 identified the presence of the stimulant in a range of supplements marked to increase weight loss or be used as pre-workout supplements.

Yaremczuk won the Reykajavik marathon last August has been stripped of her 10th place result in Dublin. Sport Ireland added: “in accordance with Article 7.6.4 of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, Sport Ireland has issued this decision, which records that, the Athlete has committed a violation of Article 2.1 of the Rules, that she is subjected to a 14-month period of ineligibility, which expires on 29 December 2018 and Pursuant to Article 9.1 of the Rules, her result in the Dublin Marathon on 29 October 2017 is automatically Disqualified.”

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