Marathon Cheat Banned In Britain For Six Months

Former Sunderland Harriers runner Rob Sloan has been banned from competition for six months. Photo: BBC Sport

Rob Sloan still maintains he’s innocent.

Former Sunderland Harriers runner Rob Sloan has been banned from competition for six months. Photo: BBC Sport

Britain’s own Rosie Ruiz, Rob Sloan, is now in trouble with UK Athletics. At the Kielder Marathon last month in Northern England, Sloan was caught taking a bus and finishing ahead of the real third-place finisher. Witnesses said they saw Sloan jump out from behind a tree shortly before the finish line.

UK Athletics, Britain’s governing body of the sport, has banned him from competition for six months. Sloan has until November 22 to appeal the decision.

A statement from UK Athletics about the ban read: “The outcome of the hearing was that Mr Robert Sloan is to be suspended from all competition or from taking part in any event organised or run under UKA Rules for Competition for a period of six months dated back from 9 October 2011.”

Sloan maintains his innocence, but handed back his third-place medal.

After race organizers formally disqualified Sloan, his running club, Sunderland Harriers, expelled him. The fourth-place finisher, Steve Cairns, was awarded third place.

For More: BBC Sport

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