Alberto Lozano and Sergio Sanchez suspended

Spanish media reports Lozano, who represented Belgrave Harriers in national relays, is among elites to have tested positive at Spanish Championships

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Alberto Lozano, a Spanish runner who formed part of Belgrave Harriers’ winning quartet (pictured above) at last year’s National Cross Country Relays in Mansfield, has been named by local media as one of three elites to have tested positive at the Spanish Championships in July.

A report from marca.com on Thursday said the Spanish Agency for Health Protection and Fight against Doping (AEPSAD) had announced the temporary suspension of Lozano, as well as European indoor 3000m record-holder Sergio Sanchez.

Another media outlet named Angel Mullera, 11th in the 3000m steeplechase at the World Championships in Moscow, as having tested positive for steroids.

This news follows another story that broke in June, in which Spanish media named Lozano’s twin brother Álvaro, who also represented Belgrave Harriers in the national relays, among elite athletes detained for trafficking doping substances.

As well as being the second quickest leg runner of the race at those Mansfield relays, Alberto Lozano was a non-scoring member of the team that beat Great Britain into second at the European Cross Country Championships last December. In 2013, he improved his 3000m and 5000m PBs by 24 and 54 seconds to 7:51.94 and 13:20.34 respectively.

Sanchez won a world indoor 3000m silver medal in 2010 and, in 16th place, was the top European at the World Cross Country Championships earlier this year. As well as his area 3000m record of 7:32.41, he clocked a 5000m PB of 13:12.97 this year, although he failed to progress from the heats at the World Championships.

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