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Court rules Liliya Shobukhova must repay London Marathon prize money

Shobukhova has been banned for lifetime from taking part in London Marathon. In photo: Winner of Women's race Liliya Shobukhova poses with the trophy during the 2010 Virgin London Marathon winners photocal. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Bengaluru, India Jul 19, 2016, 11.19 AM (IST)
The British High Court has ruled that dope-tainted Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova must repay the prize money she had won at the 2010 and 2011 editions of the London Marathon.

"The judgment requires Shobukhova to repay 377,961.62 pounds ($499,098.32) plus costs which is the prize and appearance money paid to Shobukhova for the 2010 and 2011 London Marathons," the event organisers said in a statement today. 

Shobukhova won in London in 2010 and came second in 2011 but was stripped those titles, as well the Chicago Marathon title she won in 2009, in August last year, after irregularities were detected in her biological passport.

In addition to having all her results since 2009 annulled, she was banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for three years and two months.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) cut her doping ban, which ended on August 23 2015, to two years and seven months, saying the 38-year-old had provided "substantial" assistance in the agency's investigations into doping.

London Marathon Events Ltd today said that Shobukhova was banned for life from taking part in the London Marathon, as well as from the Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York City marathons.

"The next step is to get the judgment enforced in Russia. It will be a long and difficult process but we will pursue it as we are determined that cheats should not benefit," Nick Bitel, Chief Executive of London Marathon Events, said.

"Any money we get back will be redistributed to the athletes that Shobukhova cheated out of their rightful dues."

(Reuters)
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