Runner banned for doping

AUSTRIA - Long-distance runner Susanne Pumper has been handed an eight-year suspension for a second doping offence and will be stripped of all results since 2008.

National anti-doping agency NADA says Pumper has been found guilty of acquiring the illegal performance-enhancing substance EPO in late 2008.

At the time, Pumper was sitting out a two-year ban after testing positive for the same drug following a half-marathon in Vienna in March that year.

The 42-year-old Pumper, a silver medalist in the 3,000 meters at the 2005 European Indoor Championships, will lose her national marathon titles of 2010 and 2011.

She can appeal the ban, which is retroactive to the date of the first hearing in March last year.

NADA says the suspension disallows Pumper to take part in any competition as an athlete, coach or official until March 5, 2020.

- Sapa

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