Thank you to reader Robert McKenzie for bringing this unfortunate article, which I missed while in Manchester last weekend, to my attention. Very sad news of a positive EPO test by Kaori Yoshida (Puma RC) at last December's Honolulu Marathon. As far as I am aware this is the first time an elite-level Japanese marathoner has had a positive test. Anyone with knowledge of any previous Japanese positive tests please feel free to post factual details in the comments section.
Yoshida won the 2006 Hokkaido Marathon, 2008 Casablanca Marathon and 2012 Gold Coast Marathon, setting her 2:29:45 PB at the 2010 Chicago Marathon.
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