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