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Lithuanian marathon runner Zita Kosač has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). The 35-year-old apparently tested positive for the presence of oxymetholone.
The only record of performance that World Athletics provides for Kosač is a half-marathon at 1:24:14 and a marathon run in 2:54:43 in May and April this year, respectively.
Zita Kosac 🇱🇹 was runner-up at Kaunas #Marathon in April (2:54:43) and third at Kaunas #HalfMarathon in May. These are the only two races that World Athletics has recorded for her. https://t.co/u53S7UdWkN— Marathon News (@Marathon_N) September 22, 2023
Perhaps due to her modest speed, she was not intentionally doping and may have been prescribed the medication for something like anemia, which is common in active females.
Oxymetholone is sold under the brand names Anadrol and Anapolon. It is an anabolic steroid medication used in the treatment of anemia. It is also used to treat osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, and wasting syndrome, and to promote weight gain and muscle growth in certain situations.