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The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has confirmed that none of the Top Ten athletes in the 2016 Comrades Marathon Men’s and Women’s races have tested positive for any banned substance.

SAIDS General Manager, Fahmy Galant said, ‘We are pleased to be able to report that no athlete in this, or these, groups (i.e. the top ten men, and top ten women), tested positive for any prohibited substance(s) as per the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List 2016. Therefore, prize monies to the top ten men and women finishers can be paid.’’

The 91st Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 29 May 2016 saw South African runners claiming the winning positions once again, with TomTom Athletic Club’s David Gatebe breaking the ‘down-run’ best time by 2 minutes and 22 seconds and Nedbank Running Club’s Charne Bosman claiming the Women’s top position.

CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher said, ‘We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the drug tests. Our athletes have worked hard and made the country very proud of their epic achievements. We congratulate our winners in all categories and thank them for upholding the integrity of the sport.’

Fisher added, ‘We also wish to extend our appreciation to ASA, KZNA and SAIDS for the urgency with which they handled this and in ensuring that the testing and results were turned around in the quickest possible time.’