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Comrades cheat out in the cold

2010-07-21 12:08

Johannesburg -  Peter Muthubi of the Nedbank Running Club, has been promoted to 10th place in this year's Comrades marathon following the disqualification of third placed Sergio Moetsoneng who tested positive for an illegal substance.

Muthubi was understandably very disappointed with his 11th placed finish on race day after showing great courage and determination on the road. "I am a happy man today because the Comrades Marathon makes sure the race is a true and a respected race," said a proud Muthubi.

With the disqualification of Sergio Moetsoneng all the runners finishing from fourth to 11th were moved up one place in the finishing order, to complete the gold medal list.

No stranger to controversy, Sergio Moetsoneng, along with his twin brother Arnold, was also disqualified from the 1999 Comrades and banned for competing for five years.

The Moetsoneng twins attempted to finish the race in relay fashion and may have succeeded was it not for the fact they wore their watches on opposite arms.

A minor detail which led to their discovery by observant supporters of the Comrades.

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Comments
  • Dick Tracy - 2010-07-21 12:20

    Whats next for this cheat, a life ban? I would hope so.

  • Point Blank@Dick Tracy - 2010-07-21 12:38

    Let's find out first what the banned substance was, you do know a simply cough medicine or flu remedy can be classed as an illegal substance?

  • SA Mann - 2010-07-21 12:43

    @ Dick The best is to deport these cheats to Afghanistan and force them to wear an American flag all the time (at least for the few minutes). Or send them to one of uncle Bob's prisons.

  • DeonL - 2010-07-21 12:44

    He will probably say: "I did not know what was in that doepa"

  • Banana - 2010-07-21 12:44

    Didnt they find out about the brothers because one was wearing his watch on the other arm? LOL Idiots - cheating idiots!

  • hansi - 2010-07-21 12:46

    Yip, it's in their genes .......

  • Andy - 2010-07-21 12:49

    Life Ban!

  • linda - 2010-07-21 12:57

    Point Blank - you are very naive if you belive this - any sports person competing at this levels knows enough not to take a simple cough medicine and use it as an excuse. Wake up and smell the roses, once a cheat always a cheat.

  • Edmund@ Point Blank - 2010-07-21 13:15

    No need to find out what substance it is. It is the athlete's responsibility to find out if what he/she takes is on the list or not and not to participate when it is on the list even if it is a flu remedy. One should further not participate after flu as heart attacks after races have claimed a number of lives in the past.

  • Pat - 2010-07-21 13:17

    They shouldn't be allowed to run comrades again!

  • sprints - 2010-07-21 13:37

    Strange that the article doesn't mention brother Arnold at all. Was he perhaps stuck in a toilet somewhere waiting to take the baton over from Sergio, or was he perchance the one suppliying the "illegal substance"... This guy sounds like the perennial "Born Loser" despite all his devious means of attempting to succeed. Ban him from all Comrades Marathons for life, and his bro too, for good measure, should they locate him...

  • W Wallace - 2010-07-21 13:41

    They should have been banned for life in the first place...

  • Mark - 2010-07-21 13:49

    Sergio Moetsoneng should have been banned for life for cheating way back in 1999. This is unacceptable and is not in the spirt of Comrades.

  • Joe - 2010-07-21 14:16

    you all saying nasty things about Brothers, lets wait the out come of the resulst, find out what kind of substance he used,is it his blood or not, lets wait for b sample, we need all the details before we can say a word. lets look at Gert's case, he is suing ASA , for acusing him as a cheat. wrongly

  • Shaun - 2010-07-21 14:28

    I put the blame for this happening partly on the Comrades Marathon Association as Sergio Moetsoneng and he's brother should have been banned for life from Comrades when found gulity of cheating in 2001. By not doing this, the CMA set themselves up for another cheating episode to happen from each of these runners and this is exactly what transpired this year, when prize money is far greater than it was in 2001. In saying the above, Sergio Moetsoneng is in absolute disgrace to the sport of road running by cheating yet again having not learned he's lesson the first time round. The fact that he thought he could get away with it again is also mind blowing as surely he was told all top 10 finishers get drug tested and whatever he took would be detected. It would be interesting to hear what he's excuse this time round is for cheating. Bottom line is that Sergio Moetsoneng should be banned from all forms of athletics for life. He has once again managed to put a sad aspect to an otherwise wonderful Comrades and hope he is ashamed of the face.

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