- Joasia Zakrzewski admitted travelling in her pal’s automobile for two.5 miles of the route
- Zakrzewski mentioned accepting a medal and third positioned trophy was a ‘huge error’
- UK Athletics rejected her rationalization and handed her a 12-month suspension
A prime British ultra-marathon runner has acquired a one-year ban after utilizing a automobile for a part of a 50-mile race by which she completed third.
Joasia Zakrzewski, who completed 14th within the marathon on the 2014 Commonwealth Video games, made headlines in April after she admitted travelling in her pal’s automobile for two.5 miles of the GB Ultras Manchester to Liverpool occasion.
The 47-year-old claimed she had suffered a leg damage across the midway mark and had supposed to drag out, solely to be inspired to complete the race in a ‘non-competitive’ manner.
When she crossed the road, Zakrzewski then accepted a medal and a third-place wood trophy, which she concedes was a ‘huge error’.
The Scottish GP denied intentionally dishonest however a UK Athletics disciplinary panel rejected her rationalization and located her responsible of breaching their code of conduct for senior athletes, handing her a 12-month suspension.
Joasia Zakrzewski has acquired a one-year ban after utilizing a automobile for a part of a 50-mile race
Zakrzewski, (left) was disqualified from the 50-mile Manchester to Liverpool ultra-marathon after accepting a raise from a pal for round 2.5 miles of the race
Examination of monitoring information confirmed she had lined round two and a half miles of the route by automobile – probably gaining as a lot as 25 minutes
Zakrzewski represented Scotland within the marathon on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Video games
The panel mentioned Zakrzewski’s submission was ‘opposite to the proof of the marshals, proof which the respondent didn’t search to problem or contest, by the use of cross-examination on the listening to’.
They added: ‘Additional, the claimant had collected the trophy on the finish of the race, one thing which she ought to haven’t accomplished if she was finishing the race on a non-competitive foundation.
‘She additionally didn’t search to return the trophy within the week following the race. Even when she was affected by mind fog on the day of the race, she had every week following the race to understand her actions and return the trophy, which she didn’t do.
‘Lastly, she posted in regards to the race on social media, and this didn’t disclose that she had accomplished the race on a non-competitive foundation.’