translated and edited by Brett Larner
The Tokyo Marathon Foundation announced on Feb. 24 that a doping test performed at the Feb. 27, 2011 Tokyo Marathon on women's winner Tatyana Aryasova of Russia returned positive for HES (hydroxyethyl starch), a banned substance typically used to conceal use of other banned performance-enhancing substances. As a result of the positive test Aryasova has been stripped of her 2011 title. Runner-up Noriko Higuchi (Team Wacoal) has been elevated to the winner's place and will be paid the difference in prize money from her previous finishing position.
According to the Japan Anti-Doping Agency, HES is used to conceal blood doping carried out to improve aerobic performance. This is the first time the substance has been detected at a race within Japan, but the number of athletes caught using it in overseas cycling races and similar events is considerable. According to the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, the announcement of the result was held until the completion of the proper procedures by the IAAF. Aryasova will be stripped of all race results following last year's Tokyo Marathon and will serve a two-year ban beginning last April 29.
Translator's note: Click here for the Tokyo Marathon's official announcement of Aryasova's positive doping test and the removal of her name as last year's winner.
As of this writing Aryasova is listed as an athlete represented by Spartanik RS Inc. International Sport Management, an agency headed by IAAF Registered Athlete Representative Andrey Baranov. Baranov also represents Russian women's marathon national record holder Liliya Shobukhova, Mariya Konovalova, and Inga Abitova, with Spartanik RS Inc. listing a large number of the world-class Russian long-distance women as its clients. Also on the list are Lidiya Grigoryeva and Ukrainian Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko, invited athletes for Sunday's Osaka International Women's Marathon. A screen shot of Spartanik RS Inc.'s current athlete listing, including both Aryasova and 2011 Tokyo Marathon 3rd-place finisher Tatyana Petrova along with Shobukhova, Konovalova, Abitova, Grigoyeva and other well-known Russian women: