Sierre-Zinal Race Winner Mark Kangogo Tests Positive For Two Banned Substances

Kenyan runner and 2022 Sierre-Zinal mountain race winner Mark Kangogo has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for 2 banned substances at August’s Sierre-Zinal. Sierre-Zinal was part of the WMRA Mountain Running World Cup and the Golden Trail World Series. Above photo by Marco Gulberti.

The banned substances in question are norandrosterone & triamcinolone acetonide.

Here is the announcement from Sierre-Zinal translated from French:

On Monday, October 10, 2022 Athletics Integrity Unit informed the Sierre-Zinal management committee that disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the male winner of Sierre-Zinal 2022:

“The winner of the Men’s race Mark Kangogo tested positive for two substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the 49th edition of Sierre-Zinal. Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against him and the athlete was provisionally suspended. The breach could lead to the cancellation of the athlete’s results at Sierre-Zinal 2022. The procedure is ongoing,” says Athletics Integrity Unit.

The final Men’s ranking for the 2022 edition is therefore suspended, pending the conclusions of the ongoing disciplinary proceedings. The management of Sierre-Zinal will not make any further comment on this case, until the conclusion of the disciplinary procedure.

For several years, Sierre-Zinal has been fighting against all forms of doping by systematically mandating anti-doping controls for the “Runners” category. 

Sierre-Zinal is the heart before the clock

This is why the race management is committed to a clean race, out of respect for the thousands of participants who have made Sierre-Zinal, for 49 years, a world reference race.

Sierre-Zinal will continue to be the event that brings together all levels of athletes by defending the deep values ​​of sport: fairness, surpassing oneself, discipline and respect.

Response from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA).

Our original Sierre-Zinal post race article was published on August 14th.

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