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London 2012 women’s 1500m turning in to history’s dirtiest race

Six of top-nine runners tested positive before or after the race

THE women’s 1500m final at London 2012 is fast turning into a contender for the dirtiest race in history.
For nearly three decades the men’s 100m final at the 1988 Seoul Games has been judged the most tainted by drug cheats.
The 100m women’s clash at Sydney 2000 also runs it close.

 London 2012's women's 1500 is now one of the most suspicious races in history
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London 2012's women's 1500 is now one of the most suspicious races in history

But with Turkish runner Gamze Bulut now failing a drug test, the London 2012 race is becoming infamous too. She took silver behind fellow Turk Asli Cakir Alptekin — already stripped of Games gold.
It means SIX of the top-nine runners have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs before or after the race.
Here are their ages at the time — and doping histories:
Asli Cakir Alptekin, 27, Turkey, first in 4:10.23. Cakir Alptekin served a two-year ban from 2004 to 2006, before her gold in London. She is serving an eight-year ban for biological passport violations and lost her gold.

 Asli Cakir Alptekin served a two-year ban
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Asli Cakir Alptekin served a two-year ban

Gamze Bulut, 20, Turkey, second in 4:10.40. The young star is the latest from the final to fail a drug test. During the semi-finals she beat her personal best to run 4:01.18, smashing the previous mark of 4:18.23. It is not known whether her London 2012 result will stand.

 

 Gamze Bulut is the latest to fail a test
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Gamze Bulut is the latest to fail a test

Maryam Yusuf Jamal, 27, Bahrain, third in 4:10.74. Jamal has never failed a drug test. Born in Ethiopia, she sought political asylum in Switzerland and represents Bahrain internationally. As well as winning Olympic bronze in 2012, she was the world 1500m champion in 2007 and 2009.
Tatyana Tomashova, 37, Russia, fourth in 4:10.90. She was the world 1500m champ in 2003 and 2005. Before the London Games she served a ban of more than two years for “fraudulent substitution of urine” before a doping test.