Wednesday, November 25, 2015

'Ukraine Bans Three-Time Osaka International Ladies Marathon Champion for Four Years'

Tetiana (Gamera) Shmyrko was yet another athlete managed by Andrey Baranov to have received a doping ban following a win at a Japanese marathon, joining last year's Nagoya Women's Marathon winner Mariya Konovalova and 2011 Tokyo Marathon winner Tatyana Aryasova among others.  Shmyrko's Osaka wins cost Japan's Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) and Yukiko Akaba (Team Hokuren) home-soil wins, in Akaba's case in her final race before retiring, as well as taking victory from Jelena Prokopcuka (Latvia) this year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I somehow feel Fukushi and Abakaba (and from memory Shimahara too) were robbed. Unfortunately, it's the marathon. The chance may not come back to them ever again.