A marathon runner rode a car during the race and finished third

On April 7, there was a scandal at the marathoners who united Manchester And Liverpool. Joasia Zakrzewski She finished third and celebrated with a medal. However, she did a stage in a car and was disqualified. The Scotsman apologized and explained what had happened.

Marathon runners take part in car racing

Race UK ultras manchester to liverpool, 80.4 kilometers, on April 7. Everything seemed to be happening normally, until irregularities were reported in recent days.

Joasia Zakrzewski, a famous marathon runner and doctor from Dumfries, Scotland, finished third, stood on the podium and celebrated her medal. Although he didn’t do it in a traditional or loyal way: he covered a section with a car.

in conversation with BBC Scotlandthe athlete explained that she lives in Sydney, Australia, and that jet lag tricked her out at one point in the race and also in the finish, with blurred mindedness.

Joasia Zakrzewski

not qualified

He did part of the race in a car.

She explained that in one section she felt severe muscle pain and accepted that a friend would drive her to the next checkpoint. But he made a bad decision there: “When I got to the checkpoint, I told them I was leaving and that I had arrived by car, and they told me, ‘You’ll hate yourself if you stop.'” I agreed to continue on a non-competitive basis. I made sure not to pass the sprinter in front when I saw her, because I didn’t want to interfere with her race.”

Despite these sayings, Zakrzewski accepted the medal And the memorial trophy. He even took pictures for his third place. “I made a big mistake accepting the trophy and should have given it back. I was tired, tired from travelling, feeling sick. I should have given them back and not taken pictures, but I felt bad, distracted and not thinking clearly.”

The organization decided to exclude and Third place went to Mel Sykes. Zakrzewski even apologized to his opponent: “I’m an idiot and I want to apologize to Mel. It wasn’t malicious, it was a misunderstanding. I would never cheat on purpose and this wasn’t an objective race, but I don’t want to make excuses. Mel didn’t get the glory in the end and I’m sorry.” Too bad he didn’t get the glory.”

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How did they find out that Zakrzewski had cheated

A few days after the race, the organization reviewed each runner’s GSP for analysis and reporting. It was then that they saw that the 47-year-old woman had covered 1.6 kilometers in 1 minute 40 seconds. According to calculations, it would have been about a four kilometer drive.


GPS gave him away

Technology showed that the Scotsman traveled a section at a much faster speed than a human could.

What did the race organization say?

Zakrzewski’s actions caused a stir in the UK and here’s why Wayne DrinkwaterGB Ultras Manchester manager for Liverpool, spoke to the BBC.

“The issue has been investigated and after reviewing data from our race tracking system, GPX data, data provided by our event team, other competitors and the entrant himself, we can confirm that a competitor has been disqualified from the event after using vehicle transport during part of the route. The manager said that It is now in the hands of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and, by extension, UK Athletics (UKA) as the regulators.”

Who is Joasia Zakrezewski?

The Scotsman built a reputation after finishing 14th in the 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon in her country. In addition, she held UK records for 100 and 200 miles.

As if that weren’t enough, in February he broke a world record for the distance covered in 48 hours: 255 miles in Taipei.

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