The 2016 Ironman Texas female 45 to 49 age-group winner has tested positive for a banned substance and thus disqualified from the race. The athete, American Holly Balogh, is currently serving a four-year suspension from the sport that began on July 11th, 2016, according to Ironman’s release.
Balogh’s sample, collected at the race which took place on May 14th, 2016, came back positive for the presence of an exogenous testosterone. According to Ironman, this was confirmed by Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) analysis.
Ironman included in their release that Balogh did not have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for this, or any, substance.
Balogh was the All World Athlete Ironman’s champion in 2014 in the women’s 40 to 44 age group, and won the overall All World Athlete title in 2015 in the 45 to 49 category.
Earlier this month, two American pro triathletes, Beth Gerdes and Lauren Barnett, individually revealed they had tested positive for banned substances at Ironman races in 2016.