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11. 11. 09. - 12:00

Top NYC marathon time will not count, say officials

By Thomas Hochwarter

One of the fastest marathon times by an Austrian woman in history will not go down in the record books because of a doping row, it has been announced.

The Austrian Track and Field Federation (LV) said today (Tues) Lisa Htthalers time of 2:49:33 at the New York marathon last Sunday will not be listed in its record books as she did not inform anti-doping authorities about her start at the event.

It is the fourth-best marathon time by an Austrian woman and the 19th-best of all Austrian marathon times.

"If Lisa Htthaler plans to enter track and field after ending her triathlon career and after her doping ban, she needs to inform National Anti-Doping Agency NADA in order to be on hand for checks," the organisation said in a statement released today.

Htthaler announced the end of her triathlon career in April after being found guilty of doping.

The former military triathlon champion revealed she had tried in vain to blackmail an employee at the Austrian Research Center in Seibersdorf, Styria, in a dramatic bid to cover up a positive doping probe of herself after hearing from colleagues that staff at the laboratory were open to bribes.

Seibersdorf officials said they immediately informed anti-doping authorities about the incident, while Htthaler agreed to cooperate with anti-doping investigators.

Htthaler was initially banned for six years, but the suspension was cut to 18 months. Nevertheless, she decided to retire from professional sport.

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