Norway’s Stjan Angermund, the reigning world champion in short-distance running, is facing controversy after testing positive for the banned substance chlorthalidone. Despite winning the 55km OCC event at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc for the second time last year, Angermund has been embroiled in an investigation over doping allegations.
The 37-year-old athlete has had a successful career, winning numerous trail running titles and accolades, including the Golden Trail Series in 2018 and 2021. However, these achievements are now being overshadowed by questions about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
In a statement on social media, Angermund expressed shock and disbelief at the test results, insisting that he had never used any medications or supplements and had never taken or abused drugs. He is currently focused on vigorously defending his innocence and proving that he is a clean athlete.
Despite facing suspension and an ongoing investigation, Angermund remains determined to clear his name and continue his career as a professional runner. The implications of the positive test have taken a toll on his mental and emotional well-being, leaving him feeling sad and grieved over potential loss of career and reputation.
Chlorthalidone is a diuretic that can be used to reduce body weight or as a masking agent. As Angermund continues to fight to clear his name, it remains uncertain what the future holds for his career in professional running.
The Norwegian Athletics Federation (NAF) has launched an investigation into Angermund’s case following World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) notification of a positive test result for chlorthalidone on August 16th last year.
The NAF has stated that it will take all necessary steps to ensure that athletes maintain fair competition by adhering to anti-doping regulations.
Angermund’s positive test result comes just weeks after he won another race in France with flying colors.
As he faces an uphill battle to clear his name, Angermund remains hopeful that he will be able to continue competing at the highest level without any suspicion of cheating.