Want to Stop Doping? Look at The Agents.

On Tuesday, Russian marathon runner Tatyana Aryasova was stripped of her 2011 Tokoyo Marathon title after she returned a positive test for a banned drug, hydroxyethyl starch, that is commonly used to mask doping in endurance athletes.

The news broke on Japan Running News, where Brett Larner noted that Aryasova is represented by New York-based agent Andrey Baranov. Baranov represents more than a dozen top female marathoners, including Chicago and London marathon champion Liliya Shobukhova, a favorite at the upcoming London Olympics. He also represents Lyubov Denisova, a marathoner who tested positive for elevated testosterone levels in 2007.

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