runner disqualified for utilizing automobile

23 runner disqualified for utilizing automobile

Scottish runner Joasia Zakrzewski drove for two.5 miles throughout this 12 months’s GB Ultras

Scottish ultramarathon runner Joasia Zakrzewski has been disqualified for utilizing a automobile throughout a race in Manchester earlier this month. Zakrzewski was caught after GPS knowledge confirmed her masking a mile sooner than humanly potential.

The 47-year-old runner completed in third place at this 12 months’s GB Ultras Manchester to Liverpool race on April 7. Nevertheless, GB Ultras director Wayne Drinkwater instructed the BBC on Tuesday that he subsequently found she had gained an “unsporting, aggressive benefit throughout a piece of the occasion.”

Drinkwater stated that race organizers acquired a tip suggesting Zakrzewski had cheated, and upon reviewing GPS monitoring knowledge, found that she had “taken automobile transport” for two.5 miles (4km) of the 50-mile (80km) route.

The info confirmed Zakrzewski masking a mile in a minute and 40 seconds. One of many runner’s associates instructed the BBC that she feels “genuinely sorry” for dishonest, and did so as a result of “the race didn’t go in response to plan,” and she or he “was feeling sick and drained and needed to drop out.”

Zakrzewski is an achieved runner, and received the 48-hour race on the Taipei Ultramarathon in Taiwan in February, masking a world-record 255 miles (412km) throughout the 2 days. She received a silver medal for Nice Britain on the IAU World 100km championships within the Netherlands in 2011, and took bronze in each Qatar in 2014 and once more within the Netherlands in 2015.

She at the moment holds the Scottish 24-hour report, the British 200k report, and the Scottish 100 miles report.

Drinkwater instructed the BBC that Zakrzewski’s incident has been referred to the Path Working Affiliation and UK Athletics for additional investigation. 

Zakrzewski is just not the primary distance runner to make use of inside combustion to her benefit. Frederick Lorz, the winner of the marathon on the 1904 Olympic Video games, was disqualified after it emerged that his supervisor drove him for the ultimate 11 miles of the race. In 1979, Rosie Ruiz had her New York Metropolis Marathon gold medal revoked after it was found that she rode the town’s subway for many of the race and solely ran the final 800 meters.

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