Marathon runners.Photo: sodelhi.com
Wang Junxia, the 3,000 and 10,000 metres women’s world record holder, has seemingly admitted to doping in a letter which has emerged in China.
If genuine, the letter, reportedly signed in 1995 by Wang and other members of the national team coached by Ma Junren, known colloquially as “Ma’s Army”, is the most concrete evidence yet of systemic doping within the Chinese distance-running squad that dominated the sport during that period.
After winning a gold medal in the 10,000m at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Seoul, Wang made the jump up to senior level with sensational results only a year later.
She won the 10,000m gold at the IAAF World Championships in Stuttgart in 30 min 49.30sec, despite claiming to have been sick before the race.
Three weeks later, Wang took a staggering 42 seconds off the existing 10,000m world record at the Chinese National Games in Beijing to set a time of 29:31.78 before also setting a new 3,000m mark in the heats before going even faster to clock 8:06.11 in the final.
Both records still stand today, with no-one having come within 20 seconds of the 25-lap mark.
Wang, born in 1973, also went under the old 1500m world record at the Chinese National Games, finishing second behind team-mate and 3,000m world champion Qu Yunxia, who ran 3:50.46.
That time was only beaten last year by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, who ran 3:50.07 in Monte Carlo.
The letter, written in Mandarin and orginally published by Tencent Sports, claims she and other runners were forced to take “large doses of illegal drugs over the years”.
“We are humans, not animals,” it reads, as reported in English by the South China Morning Post.
“For many years, he forced us to take a large dose of illegal drugs.
“It was true.
“Our feelings are sorry and …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper