Peruvian marathon winner in Toronto stripped of medal
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s Olympic Committee says marathon runner Gladys Tejeda has been stripped of the gold medal she won in Toronto in July in the Pan American Games because of doping.
The committee said in a statement Wednesday that the 29-year-old Tejeda had tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list because it is used to mask other drugs.
Tejeda set a games record of 2 hours, 33 minutes, 3 seconds.
The statement said that Tejeda would be temporarily suspended from international competition.
A hero at home after the victory, Peru’s government had awarded her with a $22,000 check.
Tejeda was out of the country Wednesday when the sanction was announced.