the polish athlete Robert Karas last May he beat the world record in the Deca Triathlon held in Rio de Janeiro, but shortly after the positive in a doping test was confirmed.
The Deca Triathlon, an extreme resistance test held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil consists of completing 38 km of swimming, 1.800 km of cycling and 422 km of running.
Robert Karas completed the test in 164 hours, 14 minutes and two seconds, breaking the world record for over 18 hours.
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However, the celebration of the title did not last long since Karas announced on his social networks that he had tested positive for doping made during the event. The result of your “B” sample is still awaited.
The International Ultra Triathlon Association (IUTA) confirmed the existence of a positive result, but he did not name the athlete and it is not an official action for consultation only. These are the entity declarations:
“After all the great news over the weekend, we also have less good news: Unfortunately, we have to report a positive urine test result from an athlete from the event in Brazil in May 2023.
There are reports circulating on the WWW that we reported the positive result or confirmed something.
That's not true. We have not informed anyone about it. We are only in contact with the athlete in question and the responsible anti-doping authority.
Please understand that we will not respond to any inquiries until the case is closed. Athlete protection is our top priority.”
For his part, Karas explained that while he was recovering from injuries to his arms, ribs and foot, he prescribed drugs that contained substances found on the WADA list. He claimed that he had been repeatedly told that taking these drugs would not affect his performance in Brazil.
Karas took full responsibility for his positive doping test result. “I take full responsibility for my doping test.
However, I can assure you that I have not taken these substances to improve my performance in Brazil. I took the funds in January to prepare for the MMA fight I have on February 3rd.
It had no positive impact on my preparation or on the start of the World Cup at the end of May itself. As proof of my veracity, I present the documentation of a variograph test. "
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Karas went on to explain that he himself had requested doping tests in Brazil, hoping that his result in the Deca Triathlon would be officially recognized as a world record.
He assured that he has always been clean, as confirmed by the numerous anti-doping tests he has undergone after each start of the World Cup.