THREE STRIKES SEES ALPTEKIN GONE
WHEN Asli Cakir Alptekin finished first in the 2012 Olympic women’s 1500m final, the result was treated with cynical indifference.
Alptekin described her victory as “Turkish power” but AW ran a website article a couple of hours after the race headlined “Turkish delight or doubt?”
Lisa Dobriskey told BBC straight after the race: “I don’t believe I’m competing on a level playing field.”
On social media, Nick McCormick, who raced the 5000m at the
2012 Games, tweeted: “1500m #restinpeace”, while Anthony Whiteman tweeted: “The 1500m used to be the Blue Riband seen as one of the highlights of the OG now it’s an embarrassment to Middle Distance running! #sad.”
Everyone’s hunch was correct, as Alptekin later tested positive and had her victory erased. It was her second positive test, too, following a twoyear ban she was given after failing a drugs test at the 2004 World Junior Championships.
So it was remarkable last week to see her break anti-doping rules for a third time and receive a lifetime ban from the Turkish athletics federation.
She had previously been given an eight-year ban after London 2012 but returned this year after the ban was halved and its start date backdated to 2013. Her only race in 2017 appears to have been at the European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country event, where she finished 11th but helped her club win the team title.
Asli Cakir Alptekin: serial drugs cheat