Move over, Lance Armstrong and Barry Bonds. You’ve got some competition.
It seems cheating isn’t just confined to cycling or baseball anymore in the world of sports. You’re going to have to add marathon running to that list.
Just a couple of weeks ago a woman from Columbia, Mo., who finished first in her category and was declared the winner, was subsequently stripped of her title soon afterward for a small technicality — that she only ran about two miles of a 26-mile race. They sure are strict, aren’t they? After all, why quibble over 24 miles?
Upon further review, it turned out that her blazing finish time of two hours 50 minutes resulted in a cry of “Not so fast!” from racing officials. Not in terms of speed, mind you. But in terms of legitimacy.
Marathon runners are given a bib with their entry number on it which contains a device that tracks your progress at various points along the course. Apparently hers only registered at checkpoints at the beginning and end of the race, which raised more than a few eyebrows as race officials scrutinized her times more closely.
The missed tracked times together with the fact that she hadn’t sweat a drop, had a smile on her face (instead of the usual grimace a real runner would have) or been seen by anyone during the rest of the race except for a couple of off-duty taxi drivers helped convince race officials to strip her of her title.
They even took a closer look at her time in last year’s race where she finished third, also apparently without any bib clock times except the beginning and the end of the race. She evidently trained harder to cheat this year because she moved up from third place to first place. You have to give her some credit.
These two episodes have prompted officials to also review her claim of world chess champion. She reportedly won the competition finishing many games with several kings and queens on the board, whose strange appearance she couldn’t explain.
So in the end, order was restored and the proper winner was recognized and rewarded. And as we all know, cheaters never win. Unless you’re the New England Patriots.
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