CT marathon winner caught doping

Lindikhaya Mthangayi has tested positive for a prohibited anabolic steroid.

Lindikhaya Mthangayi has tested positive for a prohibited anabolic steroid.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Marathon winner has Lindikhaya Mthangayi tested positive for a prohibited anabolic steroid, methandienone, and will face a doping charge at an independent tribunal.

Mthangayi, who runs for the Lion of Africa Itheko Sport Athletic club, clocked a time of 2:17:02, holding off the challenge of Kenya's Paul Manwa.

This is Mthangayi's second offence after he tested positive in 2009 for the stimulant, methylhexaneamine, during the Nedbank Marathon series, for which he received a six-month ban.

Mthangayi has the option to request his B-sample be analysed to confirm the result of the A-sample.

If he is found guilty, he faces the possibility of a four- to six-year ban from all sports.

Drug Free Sport's Khalid Galant says Mthangayi faces a much heavier ban because he is a repeat offender.

"The second offence is treated quite differently and obviously we're looking at a lengthier ban if he's found guilty."

Galant has warned athletes to double check their sporting supplements for banned substances.

He says athletes are often unaware of what is in their nutritional supplements.

"We don't want any of our athletes to be testing positive for banned substances and facing lengthy bans. We're constantly advising athletes, especially against the use of sport supplements, because lot of positive cases are being traced to the use of these supplements."

(Editd by Leeto M. Khoza)