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Russian Marathon Runner Shobukhova Stripped Of Titles For Doping

Russian distance runner Liliya Shobukhova has been stripped of her London and Chicago marathon titles after the world governing body for athletics said on August 6 that all of her results since 2009 have been annulled.

Shobukhova’s two-year ban for using performance enhancing drugs also was extended by another 14 months in the case, meaning she cannot compete until March 2016.

Shobukhova’s official results during the last six years also have been struck from the record books.

The ruling means Shobukhova has been stripped of her 2009, 2010, and 2011 Chicago Marathon titles.

Shobukhova also won the London Marathon in 2010 and finished second there in 2011.

Organizers of the London Marthon said they will now take court action in Britain “to recover the prize and appearance money” that had been paid to Shobukhova in 2010 and 2011.

The 37-year-old Shobukhova featured in a German documentary that was broadcast in December which alleged systematic doping by Russian athletes.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP