Spanish hammer thrower draws 4-year doping ban for steroids

Top finishers in 2017 Drake masters 800.

Malaga worlds (the 2018 WMA meet) just lost its home-nation favorite in the M35 hammer. According to the IAAF and local reports, “Veteran hammer thrower Cristóbal Almudí Cid has been sanctioned with four years of disqualification after a positive analysis by the anabolic steroid Estanozolol [probably Winstrol or Stanozolol] in a competition control.” Cristóbal’s name shows up in the latest doping DQ list. “The athlete of Ourense can not compete again until July 2020 after being surprised after the dispute of the Championship of Veterans of 2016. Almudí, 38, has been a finalist in numerous Spanish Championships Absolute and has a best personal mark of 66.09 meters, achieved precisely in Madrid in April 2016, shortly before his positive.” His ban lifts July 12, 2020, a week before Toronto worlds. On a happier note, Drake and Penn have started, with Eric Potter winning the Des Moines masters 800 in 2:03.41 (after a 64.5 first lap). He ran at 2002 open indoor nationals, clocking 1:50.4, and his all-time PR appears to be a 1:48.66 indoors in 2000. He turned 40 in mid-December. Penn sprints and relays will be summarized over the weekend. But here are masters results.

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April 28, 2017

3 Responses

  1. Matt B. - April 28, 2017

    Potter had a huge negative split.
    He has a 600 PR of 1:17 as well. He can probably run 1:56 or better.

  2. Ken Stone - April 28, 2017

    Results page for M65 100 says:

    NEW WORLD AND AMERICAN RECORD: Bill Collins sets new records in the Masters 65 category with his time of 12.33. The former records were held by Stephen Robbins set in 2008 at Eugene Oregon at 12.37. The 12.37 time was shared with Vladmir Vybostok of SVK who ran it at Zittau Germany on August 18, 2012.

  3. Jerry Bookin-Weiner - April 30, 2017

    Did anyone else notice that NBCSN actually showed Bill’s race in their Penn Relays coverage. It was brief, but it was there! Has a masters race ever been shown as part of the coverage of a meet like Penn before?

    Craig Masback was one of the commentators and got almost everything right, except he said Bill went to Houston, which he didn’t. He went to TCU.

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