Liliya Shobukhova, who was the second fastest women’s marathoner of all time before her three Chicago Marathon wins were stripped due to a doping suspension, aims to return from that ban with an eye on the Rio 2016 Olympics at age 38, according to Russian news agency TASS, quoting her husband and manager.
Shobukhova was retroactively banned in April 2014 due to abnormal levels on her biological passport, wiping out results since 2009.
She then provided “substantial assistance” to the World Anti-Doping Agency in the fight against doping, and her ban was reduced from three years, two months, to two years, seven months. That meant her ban ended in August.
She reportedly returned to competition in September, finishing fifth in the Russian Half Marathon Championships.
Shobukhova won the Chicago Marathon three straight times from 2009 to 2011, the first man or woman to accomplish the feat. Her last title in Chicago came in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds, making her the second fastest woman over 26.2 miles ever behind Brit Paula Radcliffe, who holds the three fastest times. Shobukhova’s wins and times were annulled.
Shobukhova also won the 2010 London Marathon (that win also annulled) but never finished better than sixth in three Olympic track and field races.
In 2016, she will be older than any of the previous Olympic women’s marathon medalists. The event debuted at the Olympics in 1984.
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