Irish Runner Martin Fagan Admits To Doping

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 17, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM UTC
Martin Fagan admitted to using a banned substance last month. Photo: Melissa

He was caught in an out-of-competition drug test last month.

Martin Fagan admitted to using a banned substance last month. Photo: Melissa

The career of Martin Fagan, the Irish runner who has clocked the 14th-fastest marathon in his country’s history, is essentially over.

He failed a drug test in December, testing positive in an out-of-competition test for erythropoietin (EPO). Fagan, who trained in Arizona, admitted he bought the banned substance on the Internet and injected it into his veins.

“I’m not looking for forgiveness, or understanding,” said the 28-year-old, 2:14 marathoner. “I’m just looking to make people aware that this can be a reality, and I think can happen in any sport, because of the pressures that can be there. And that I think the stigma is also there, that it’s hard for any athlete to come out and say they’re suffering from depression.”

Fagan qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and had high hopes to represent his country in the Summer Olympics later this summer in London.

“I got myself into a position where I should have talked with someone, but I just kept it all inside,” he admitted. “I think some runners just do that, put on this brave front, look at the next race and think everything will be okay, once I get through that.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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