Liliya Shobukhova Stripped of Marathon Titles

Russian marathoner banned for doping

Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova, three-time Chicago marathon winner and Olympian, allegedly paid nearly $600,000 to avoid a doping suspension. (SNappa2006/Flickr)

Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova was stripped of her Chicago Marathon and London Marathon titles due to doping allegations, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

Shobukhova was the only person to win three straight Chicago Marathon titles, winning in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She won the London Marathon in 2010 and placed second in 2011.

On Thursday, the International Track Federation confirmed that all of Shobukhova’s competitive results after October 9, 2009, have been disqualified, according to Sports Illustrated. She will continue to carry out her three-year suspension from competitive running until March 2016.

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