Pittsburgh Marathon women's winner banned for two years


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Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon winner Mary Akor accepted a two-year ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

USADA announced the ban Wednesday.

Akor, 37, from Gardena, Calif., tested positive for Clenbuterol in an in-competition urine sample collected in December 2012 at the Gobernador Marathon in Mexico.

Akor was disqualified from all competitive results from Dec. 6, 2012, the date her sample was collected, and Nov. 5, the day she accepted the ban. Akor won the Pittsburgh Marathon in May, collapsing in exhaustion after finishing.

Akor, won was born in Nigeria, made a late surge to win the Pittsburgh Marathon. She earned $8,000 for her victory. She required medical attention before she was able to collect her trophy.


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