Austrian runner admits testing positive for doping

Updated: April 17, 2008, 4:04 PM ET
Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria -- Long-distance runner Susanne Pumper of Austria has reportedly tested positive for doping.

Pumper told the Austria Presse Agency on Thursday that she tested positive for an unspecified banned substance following a half marathon in Vienna on March 9, but denied any wrongdoing.

The 37-year-old Pumper will be suspended by the Austrian athletics federation until her B sample is tested and will miss the Vienna City Marathon on April 27.

Pumper, who failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, won a half marathon in an Austrian record time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 21 seconds on Sunday.

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