2013 Two Oceans Marathon Winner Tests Positive for Steroids

Cape Town, 16 May, 2013 – The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) confirmed today that the winner of the 2013 Two Oceans Marathon women’s race, Natalia Volgina from Russia, has tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid Metenolone and could face a two year ban and be stripped of her title and her R250,000 prize money if found guilty by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF).

According to SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant, the 36 year-old Russian was tested after she completed the race on 30 March 2013, as per the normal doping control procedure for athletic events. “At the conclusion of the 2013 Two Oceans Marathon SAIDS conducted a total of 24  doping control tests on the top finishers.  Only one test came back positive for a banned substance.”

Galant says that the Two Ocean Marathon race organisers have been notified of the positive result and the case has been reported to the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) and the Russian Athletics Federation. These two bodies will preside over the case to hear the charge against the athlete.

Volgina still retains the right to request a confirmation test of her B-sample to determine whether her A-sample result is correct.

Galant points out that international athletes competing on South African soil come under the same scrutiny and drug testing rules and regulations as SA’s national athletes.

“We are part of a global anti-doping network therefore no international athlete competing in SA should think that they will not be tested,” he adds. “Conversely, this also applies to our athletes that compete internationally and who are tested by our anti-doping agency counterparts.”