German triathlon star Zaeck fails doping test

24th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 July 2006, FRANKFURT - German triathlon ace Juergen Zaeck, the second-fastest man in history over the ironman distance, on Monday revealed he failed a doping test for steroids but insisted he did not intentionally use performance-enhancing substances. Zaeck, 40, said he tested positive for etiocholanolone, a metabolite of the steroid testosterone at an out-of-competition test on May 22. He said he blamed contaminated food supplements for the positive test and said he has asked for the examination of the

24 July 2006

FRANKFURT - German triathlon ace Juergen Zaeck, the second-fastest man in history over the ironman distance, on Monday revealed he failed a doping test for steroids but insisted he did not intentionally use performance-enhancing substances.

Zaeck, 40, said he tested positive for etiocholanolone, a metabolite of the steroid testosterone at an out-of-competition test on May 22.

He said he blamed contaminated food supplements for the positive test and said he has asked for the examination of the b-sample.

Last week, Zaeck on short notice cancelled his appearance at the Frankfurt ironman which took place on Sunday and was due to be the last event of his career. He stated back problems and announced his retirement.

Zaeck is a five-time winner of the Ironman Germany and came second at the world's most famous triathlon in Hawaii. His time of 7 hours 51 minutes 42 seconds is the second best in the classic event (1.5km swimming, 180km cycling, 41.195km running), beaten only by Belgium's Luc van Lierde at the same 1997 Ironman Europe (7:50.27).

DPA

Subject: German news

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