Shelby Houlihan: "I have never taken any performance-enhancing substances"
Valentin Flauraud / dpa
The US record holder Shelby Houlihan has been banned for four years for doping.
This was announced by the integrity commission of the World Athletics Federation (AIU).
As the national champion and US record holder over 1500 and 5000 meters announced, she tested positive for the anabolic nandrolone.
The 28-year-old runner is convinced of her innocence and explains the positive test by eating pork.
"Confused and betrayed by the sport I loved"
“I've never taken any performance-enhancing substances.
That includes what I'm accused of, ”Houlihan shared on Instagram.
She attributes the positive test to a Mexican pork burrito that she claims to have eaten about ten hours before her doping test.
As the AIU further announced, the International Sports Court (CAS) has dismissed the appeal against the ban.
"I'm utterly devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused, and betrayed by the sport I loved and jumped into just to see how good I was," Houlihan wrote.
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