Mamabolo B-sample positive

2012-07-13 10:36

Johannesburg - The B-sample of Comrades marathon winner Ludwick Mamabolo has tested positive, according to the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (Saids).

Mamabolo, whose A-sample tested positive for methylhexaneamine after he won the 89km ultra-marathon in Durban last month, would face a hearing on a doping charge, Saids CEO Khalid Galant said in a statement on Friday.

"Now the process to constitute a hearing will proceed and a date will be set where Mamabolo will be afforded the opportunity to defend himself against the charge of doping," Galant said.


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 10:39

    All that hard work down the drain glug glug glug

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-13 10:39

    At least the person who will be given the winners medal now, the runner-up, is South African!

      lulama - 2012-07-13 11:54

      Hope that south african is not 'doppy' too.

  • sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-07-13 10:46

    So is his family still going to blame racism for the results?

      dalai.rama.9 - 2012-07-13 11:08

      I can picture him with hands in his pocket, conveniently holding the race card as the last throw of the dice. It is mostly used when there is paucity of facts.

      mark.higgens.9 - 2012-07-13 11:13

      Spot on, well remembered !

      frans.gouws.1 - 2012-07-13 11:42

      After that, turn on the tears.

      hester.matmer.3 - 2012-07-13 14:59

      No SihleM1708, they are going to blame the dark force.

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-07-13 11:04

    I hope this is a lesson.there is no short cut in life

      dalai.rama.9 - 2012-07-13 11:09

      There is when you are a deployed cadre!

  • Ettiene - 2012-07-13 11:20

    he just went and made his name "boggom"

  • rebecca.ramoba.5 - 2012-07-13 11:23

    Why they test him after the marathon not before the marathon.Thats all they always do,like they did with Caster Semenya.Let the sport people get a life.

      daniele.zanato - 2012-07-13 11:53

      Because they are only interested in testing the people that are maybe in the top 20 positions and as they don't know who those people will be they can only test them after the race when the results are in. Also how long before will they test to get the results? He will just take the drugs after the test are done.

      mark.higgens.9 - 2012-07-13 11:56

      umm.. because they did not know who the winner was going to be? Can you imagine them testing thousands of entrants before the start of the race??? And then who is to say that they will not cheat and take enhancements during the race? I am not saying that you are not clever, I just think you have bad luck when thinking....

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-13 12:13

      Who do you test before the race - everyone? 15000 people at R1500 a test = R22.5 million - and you will include people that might not even finish the race, or even turn up at the start.

      robert.p.gemmell - 2012-07-13 16:13

      Rebecca they test all athletes whenever they want to. you obviously don't know to much about the rules and laws for sport. caster has nothing to do with this drug related story. telling sport people to get a life shows your intelligence.

  • koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-07-13 11:26

    He should've kept to his pap, marog and river water. Whites are responsible for this stuff that made me run fast.

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-13 11:42

    Wow .....How stupid to claim you are innocent after sample A...and then sample proves you cheated! Who are you going to blame Ludwick Mamabolo ....Apartheid, Racism, ANC, Whites, Blacks, Coloureds, Medical yourself? Please tell us!!!!

      Zambezi - 2012-07-13 11:58

      It was the voices inside his head that made him do it!

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-07-13 12:00

    He has just added his name to that 'Most famous SA idiots' list. At least now I know who Mamalolo is...

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-07-13 12:09

    Ag \\\\ shame\\\\ he stole the \race\

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-13 12:21

    Hope he accepts the verdict and learns from his mistake. Hope he doesn't call out the ANC to have a march to stop them from taking the medal and money back.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-13 12:31

    Just checked methylhexaneamine, it comes from geraniums and seems pretty easy to overlook if you're not up to speed on what products contain it and under what name. Having no interest in sport can anyone tell me if info on banned substances is made freely available, or does the burden fall on the participant to research? The topic seems like a minefield.

      Lauritz - 2012-07-13 12:42

      It is a product that has caused p[problems for athletes and body builders power lifters est. I have seriously been frustrated as after the Chilliboy and Bjorn Basson incident i checked a supplement I bought at Dis-chem and it indeed contained the substance deemed banned or illegal. I seriously did not turn into a superhuman due to its usage to be honest I couldn't even tell the difference. I believe the companies producing these supplements should be held accountable and i feel very sorry for this guy who most prob worked himself to the bone to achieve this to have stripped away because of a substance that he most prob didn't mean to take nor gave him any real edge over the other athletes.

      danmotaung - 2012-07-13 12:52

      Phae, your's is a sane contribution compared to nonsense about racism, colour and the lot some seem to be interested in. It is sometimes difficult to determine which products to avoid or take unless you have a good, professional support team behind you.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-13 13:07

      There is a published list of banned substances that any top athlete should be aware of. There is also a list of common OTC remedies that should be avoided although that list is not exhaustive. The onus is on the athlete to check, and if in doubt, get clarity. It might not be completely fair on the athelete who is naive, as Mamabolo claims to be (or people make him out to be), but it has to be so, or every athlete will simply claim ignorance.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-13 14:29

      @Dan, Phae - had a quick look at the ASA website - link below. The list is enormous. You can see where people get caught out, but if it is your profession then you need to do the homework. ... then look for the link to "2012 Prohibited List".

  • maronza.tshabalala - 2012-07-13 12:53

    Have not earlier reports suggested that methylhexaneamine can be generally found on numerous over the counter products and supplements. Even during the previous Comrades he used the same substance and was tested after coming up in the top 10? Doping is a bad thing and I am not for it but then again if this product is so much everywhere, then it is mind-boggling. Nothing of race in the argument though the race was exciting to end this way. Is this not the reason why this poor Mamabolo believes he did nothing wrong ?

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-13 14:22

      @Maronza - true, it is found everywhere, but it is a stimulant and is banned. Top athletes are aware and I am pretty sure Ludwick would have had knowledge of it. There are a great many medications that are the same, most asthma inhalers, Attention deficit meds such as Ritallin, flu medications (mostly the decongestants) etc. Go to - ... then look for the link to "2012 Prohibited List". Only if what he took is not on the list has he got a snowballs chance of getting off the charge.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-13 14:26

      Sheeesh - even Gavascon and Gelacid are banned. Going to have to run with heartburn. I did not know that.

  • dieudonne.ngoma - 2012-07-13 13:03

    give the money back, you cheat!!!!!!

  • sirwellsathome - 2012-07-13 13:03

    With the second sample, does his family still assert that this is all just a racist plot?

  • carlson.thipe - 2012-07-13 13:46

    A-sample: it was racism. He was a ZCC member therefore... B-sample: ?

  • tatsee - 2012-07-13 15:22

    Whats there to defend???

  • mongalo.henrietta - 2012-07-14 22:58

    Atheletes who cheat spoil the fun.\r\nI still can't get over how US sprinter Marion Jones cheated other atheletes for many years.\r\nHansie Cronje in match fixing, its just bad.\r\nThere must be heavier sentences for atheletes \r\nWho cheat.

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