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British Age-Group athletes earn medals… thanks to Spanish anti-doping violation

Stay clean folks. Another Age-Group athlete has been sanctioned, this time from the Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. Two British athletes look set to gain podium positions as a result...

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Anti-doping violation confirmed from Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

Two British Age-Group athletes set to gain Bronze medals

Following two recent Elite anti-doping suspensions (David Mendoza (MEX) and Eder Mejia Muñoz (MEX)), the International Triathlon Union has today announced its third anti-doping violation within the past two months.

This time it is an Age-Group athlete, Victor David Sanchez Garcia (ESP), who has been suspended from competition for two years, following a test during July’s ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Fyn, Denmark.

The athlete raced in four events during the Festival, achieving the following results, AG 40-44:

  • 6th July – Duathlon World Champs – 1st
  • 8th July – Sprint Duathlon World Champs – 2nd
  • 10th July – Cross Triathlon World Champs – DNF
  • 14th July – AquaBike World Champs – 4th

The full announcement (HERE), confirms that the test conducted on 6th July, which would imply that it was post-race to his Age-Group (40-44) win in the ITU Duathlon World Championships.

With all of those results now removed, two British Age-Group athletes will now gain Bronze medals;

  • Duathlon World Champs – Adrian Williams upgraded from fourth to third.
  • Sprint Duathlon World Champs – Mark Taylor upgraded from fourth to third.

Victor David Sanchez Garcia had significant previous success at international championship (Age-Group)  level; the ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon European Champion in both 2015 (Alcobendas) and 2016 (Kalkar), plus Silver (2014, Pontevedra) and Bronze (2016, Aviles) at ITU World Championship level.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

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