Mamabolo denies cheating

2012-06-20 08:05

Cape Town - This year’s Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabolo, has denied using a banned substance to win this year's 89km race and has less than 72 hours to decide if he wants to get his 'B' sample tested, according to the EWN website.

VIDEO: Comrades winner's family shocked

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) on Tuesday confirmed that it had suspended Mamabolo for testing positive for a banned substance, methylhexaneamine, specified on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list.

It is the same substance that landed Springbok stars Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson in trouble in 2010.

If found guilty, the 35-year-old Limpopo accountant could be stripped of his title, lose the R300 000 prize money and face a sanction ranging from a warning up to a two-year ban.

"I didn't take any banned substances," Mamabolo was quoted as saying by the Timeslive website.

"The stuff that I use is what I have normally used throughout the years I have been running Comrades.

"I am confident that I will be found not guilty."

Mamabolo completed the 89km 'down' run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in 5:31.03, to become the first South African winner of the race in seven years. Mamabolo also finished second in 2010.

Should he be stripped of his title, compatriot Bongmusa Mthembu will be declared the winner.

Top 10 in 2012 Comrades:

1. Ludwick Mamabolo (RSA) 5:31:03
2. Bongmusa Mthembu (RSA) 5:32:40

3. Leboka Noto (LES) 5:33:07
4. Marko Mambo (ZIM) 5:33:44
5. Leonid Shvetsov (RUS) 5:35:12
6. Stephen Muzhingi (ZIM) 5:38:02
7. Lephetesang Adoro (LES) 5:38:05
8. Gift Kehele (RSA) 5:38:39
9. Claude Moshiywa (RSA) 5:39:10
10. Petros Sosibo (RSA) 5:40:13


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-06-20 08:12

    I hope for your sake you not guilty otherwise you gonna look real stupid,good luck!!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-20 08:51

      Comrades does not need this sort of thing. Hope you are innocent, otherwise I hope its a life time ban not just 2 years.

      jason.children - 2012-06-20 09:17

      well at least another South African is in line for the crown should he fail!!! 7 years without an SA winner is shocking.....................this is our house, how can you let foreigners come here and beat us in our house..............for 7 years???

  • shaun.fuchs.9 - 2012-06-20 08:27

    The big question is "What is the STUFF" that he claims to have taken for previous Comrades and again this year?

      Koos - 2012-06-20 09:09

      Koffiehuis koffie.

  • Ayal Peretz - 2012-06-20 08:34

    The stuff that they're talking about is a substance that is found in many over the counter energy drinks, one of the more famous ones is called jack3d. Unless you're a professional sportsman and you look on the drug list most people would have no idea that one of the ingredients is illegal in competitive sport.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-20 08:35

    Once again we are blushing with embarrasment !!

  • nathi.siphala - 2012-06-20 08:45

    If he's guilty they must take the title and give it to Mthembu he deserve it

  • Ayal Peretz - 2012-06-20 08:55

    Personally, I don't think he's done anything wrong, I've taken the substance and all it is, is an energy drink, I'm sure 100 of people running the comrades used it. It's an over the counter product, if the strip him of the title they must take the products off the shelves.

      jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-06-20 09:09

      it boosts awareness and disguises the symptoms of fatigue i would say that in an endurance race that gives you an advantage over the people not using it.

      jason.children - 2012-06-20 09:19

      Ayal there are many supplements that are freely available to us, but they are banned for professional sport use! These are sports where money is earned etc.

      gregory.wellsclifton - 2012-06-20 09:21

      He's not an amateur. He's run the race before. So - if a substance is on the banned list, he'd be aware of it. If that be so and still he consumed it - then indeed he has done 'something wrong', and does not deserve the praise, the prize, or the glory. Let's wait and see. Ignorance at that level will not be a solid defence on his part.

      J.D. - 2012-06-20 12:07

      If this is really a substence in adrink thatone can buy over the counter then the guy should be innocent.The manufacturers should have a banned list and if something illegal is part of the drink they should label it so people can see. INSIDE THIS BOTTLE IS A SUBSTANCE ON THE BANNED LIST FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTSMEN" Like on cigarette boxes. Then nobody can claim innocense , Only illiteracy

  • Mpho - 2012-06-20 09:01


      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-06-20 09:06

      Storm in a teacup Mpho, dude, you gotta work on your spelling. Most news 24 readers are older than 15, so sms grammer doesnt cut it.

      tonyzr2tx - 2012-06-20 12:04

      Please use an official language, we have 11 to choose from.

  • Koos - 2012-06-20 09:08

    Denial, denial. Sounds familiar.

  • angela.mandywasbushby - 2012-06-20 09:39

    although, as a zimbabwean I supported Stephen Muzhingi, I applauded Mamabolo's win - he ran an excellent, so I really hope he is not guilty, that there is some error or good reason why the positive result has come up. Good Luck to him!

  • angela.mandywasbushby - 2012-06-20 09:48

    As a zimbabwean, I was supporting Stephen Muzhingi, but applauded Mamabolo's win - was an excellent race run. Really hope there is some error or feasible explanation why the test has come up positive. Good Luck to him.

  • mveleli.zacharia.7 - 2012-06-20 09:50

    This is a properganda story all these years the foreigners were enjoying comrades marathon when the South African wins there's suspicions which means racism will never come to an end in SA

      alta.badenhorst.77 - 2012-06-20 10:34


      Advocatus.Diabolis - 2012-06-20 11:07

      And you too... you cant actually be serious. Do you know that a Zimbabwean black person is exactly the same as you, I am willing to bet my bottom dollar/rand that you share ancestry with some people from across the Limpopo. What makes you think that a racist would have something against Mamabolo that he doesnt have against Muzhinji??? People of Africa, we need to open our eyes to reality, please!!!

  • Lunga - 2012-06-20 10:05

    Same substance that Chilliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson tested positive for and were let off the hook. Also the same drug that Johan Goosen was banned for while still a pupil at Grey Bloem in 2010. Mamabolo should be given the benefit of the doubt.

  • rebecca.ramoba.5 - 2012-06-20 10:11

    Why cant they do the tests before this people go to the marathons,its the same thing they did with Caster Semenya saying she is a man they gonna take the crown.They must assess them before the marathon not after their hard work

      afrikeni - 2012-06-20 12:15

      I think its adminstratively impossible as they don't know who will eventually win the first 10 positions - so they will have to test 100% of the people.

  • - 2012-06-20 11:52

    Jack3d is a banned is full of Methyl Hexamine. Just because you can buy it at Dischem does not make it legal for competition.

  • Serutla - 2012-06-20 12:20

    I thnk thy wnt 2 give the home boy the title.goodluck ludwick for your b results

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-06-20 12:48

    I bet the runner up is having mixed feelings about this

  • tolo.maano - 2012-06-20 12:54

    He didn't pls leave him alone

  • Robi - 2012-06-20 19:47

    Were A samples tested for all the winners for the past 7 yrs??? what are the procedures for doing this; that would help some of us to understand that it is not only being done because a winner is different from the winners in the past 7 yrs; the same thing I asked myself why Chilliboy Ralephelle and Bjon Basson were the unfortunate ones to be tested of all Springboks in November 2010 against Ireland. Before you all judge this guy please read the article on; you will realise that this is not just a matter of reading the label on the drink you are buying; if a rugby union would seek services of well equipped laboratories to do that, I do not think an accountant would have means to get such a super professional opinion (which even failed in the case of Springboks).

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