She had tested positive for EPO in 2009.
Liza Hunter-Galvan’s entry into this weekend’s Christchurch Marathon is upsetting many runners. The reason: she was banned from the sport two years ago for using a banned substance, EPO. However, Hunter-Galvan has completed her two-year ban and is competing legally.
Gabrielle O’Rourke, the owner of two New Zealand national records and 10th-place finisher at the 1993 Boston Marathon is not happy sharing the start line with Hunter-Galvan.
“I don’t feel that comfortable standing on the start line,” O’Rourke said. “But I have to get over that and I know a few of the others are feeling the same way. A few of us showed her support and we feel like we have been slapped in the face.”
O’Rourke was referring to a letter she wrote in 2004 urging the New Zealand Olympic Committee to select Hunter-Galvan for the games in Athens. Hunter-Galvan tested positive in 2009.
“She has every right to run but for me it puts a mark against the race,” O’Rourke continued. “It is too soon. It doesn’t seem like two years ago we were so disappointed.”
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