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Sara Benfares provisionally suspended due to suspected doping

Initially suspended: Sara Benfares Image: dpa

She was already German champion and competed at European and World Championships. Now there is a serious accusation against the runner Sara Benfares.

The German runner Sara Benfares has been temporarily suspended by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) due to suspected doping. According to NADA, the banned blood doping agent Epo and testosterone were detected in a sample. The “Saarbrücker Zeitung” and the Saarländischer Rundfunk had previously reported on it on Tuesday.

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2022 German champion

The 22-year-old from LC Rehlingen is part of Team Saarland for the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. According to the report, sports lawyer Rainer Cherkeh, to whom Benfares referred according to the “Saarbrücker Zeitung”, said that he would not be commenting on this matter at the moment. According to its own statements, the German Athletics Association was informed about the process by NADA.

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Benfares was twelfth over 5000 meters at the European Athletics Championships in Munich in 2022. Shortly before, she also competed at the World Championships in Eugene and was eliminated in the preliminary round. In 2022, she came second in the German championship over 5,000 meters and won the German title over ten kilometers on the road in the same year.

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