Russia’s Aryasova Stripped Of Tokyo Marathon Title

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 27, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM UTC

She tested positive for a banned drug.

A Russian runner has lost her Tokyo Marathon medal, Universal Sports reports. Tatiyana Aryasova, who won the 2011 edition of the race, tested positive for a banned substance. The drug is called hydroxyethyl starch (HES). It was found in her urine that was collected after the race.

Aryasova won the marathon in 2 hours 27 minutes and 29 seconds. The Tokyo Marathon Foundation made the ruling after she failed to challenge a two-year ban for using the drug.

The ban was imposed by the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) after she failed to appeal the decision. The appeal window expired last week.

Accordingly, the newly-named winner of the race is Japan’s own Noriko Higuchi, who finished second in 2:28:49. Second place will go to Russia’s Tatyana Petrova, who finished third in 2:28:56.

The Japanese Anti-Doping agency noted that HES is used to conceal blood doping.

The Tokyo Marathon is held annually every February. It is currently sponsored by the Tokyo Metro. Approximately 30,000 runners take place in the event.

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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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