World 1500m leader Alaoui Selsouli faces lifetime ban after drugs positive

Moroccan athlete tests positive for banned substance less than a year after a returning from first drugs ban

Posted on July 23, 2012 by
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Mariem Alaoui Selsouli

Moroccan middle-distance runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli has reportedly tested positive and faces a lifetime ban from the sport.

The 28-year-old has previously served a two-year doping suspension between 2009 and 2011 after testing positive for EPO. Under IAAF and WADA rules, a second doping offence would mean that Selsouli would no longer be permitted to compete in athletics.

Selsouli made her initial breakthrough in 2007 when she reduced her 1500m PB by six seconds, her 3000m PB by 16 seconds and her 5000m best by 28 seconds. She finished fourth in the 1500m at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, followed by 3000m bronze at the 2008 World Indoor Championships.

In 2009, after setting a 1500m PB of 4:00.95, Selsouli was handed her first doping ban.

She returned to the sport late last summer and won in Rieti, followed by a 1500m PB of 4:00.77 in just her second race back.

That form continued this year and she took the 1500m silver medal at the World Indoor Championships. In June she ran a world-leading time over 3000m with 8:34.47, then earlier this month came her most surprising performance when she obliterated her 1500m lifetime best at the Diamond League meeting in Paris with a national record of 3:56.15.

Finishing a close second was European champion Asli Cakir – who has also previously served a doping ban – running a PB of 3:56.62.

Selsouli’s performance in Paris was the fastest time in the world since 2006 when Russia’s Yuliya Fomenko ran 3:55.68 at the same venue. Fomenko too went on to serve a doping suspension.

According to L’Equipe, Selsouli’s urine sample from Paris tested positive for the diuretic furosemide.

10 Responses to “World 1500m leader Alaoui Selsouli faces lifetime ban after drugs positive”

  1. Kevin O'Neill says:

    People like this, and the people behind them (for they surely don't act alone and without considerable support) and doing untold damage to the sport I love. Whenever you see a startling performance, a little red light goes on and a voice in your head goes 'Oh yeah, what are they on?). Many of my friends who are only casual athletics viewers, seem to think nearly all athletes are doped to the eyeballs. So sad. It should not merely mean a ban (4 years), but be a crimilal offence subject to a heavy fine or even imprisonment. Unfortunately, the 'Mr Bigs' in the background almost never get caught (Balco and Ben Johnson's coach excepted).

  2. Peter says:

    SO tired of this

  3. jim says:

    WHO is her coach, manager, trainer, all should be held accountable. If it has happened before then whomeveris with her now that was there in fist doping incident should be investigated.

  4. Mary says:

    These athletes have some neck………..they think they are above the law….and the rest of the athletics world. It's a disgrace. I feel for clean athletes that have to race these cheats week in, week out, with no reward, knowing they are taking performance enhancers.

  5. alex_800 says:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg.
    Without naming any names, you just have to take one look at some of current sub 4 minute 1500m performers to suspect something is not right. Ungainly, androgynous runners posting disproportionately ridiculous times.

  6. Get Geremew says:

    So bad, we hate hearing such a news dis days and tired of too…pls Justice for dis..

  7. ray pickles says:

    just need them to get rid of the Turkish one next

  8. DaniBee says:

    It's no longer sport when things like this happen.

  9. Mike says:

    Do coaches and managers ever do random drug testing to ensure their athletes are clean? Maybe the athletes would be less willing to use banned substances. Then again, the coaches or managers had better hold their own athletes accountable if they actually catch then being dirty.

    • Kevin O'Neill says:

      The sad thing is that the coaches and managers are, more than likely, the ones behind the drug-taking anyway. They have a lot less to lose. If the athlete is caught they simply deny knowing anything about it, while the athlete is tainted for life.

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