Mexican politician runs into time warp

A presidential candidate whose past is marked by charges of dishonesty turns in a fast but questionable time in a marathon.

Former Mexican presidential candidate Roberto Madrazo disappeared midway through the Berlin Marathon on Sunday before reappearing nine miles later, winning first in his age group and shaving an hour off his personal record.

Madrazo ran his first 20 kilometers, taking him to the marathon’s halfway mark, in a respectable 1:42:42. He was on track to beat his best times this year, 3:39 at the London marathon, and 3:44 in San Diego.

But he must have slipped into a Berlin Triangle somewhere along the Potsdamer Strasse. There’s no record, according to German race officials, of him passing the 25- or 30-kilometer stations, leaving 15 kilometers of the race with no record of his passing.

He ran each five-kilometer segment on record in an average of about 25 minutes, according to computerized timers, compared with the about 14 minutes run by race winner Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia.

But between kilometers 20 and 35, those missing from the race’s computer record, Madrazo appeared to run every five kilometers in fewer than eight minutes, faster than the 34-year-old Ethiopian winner, who set a world record for a marathon of 2:04:26.

Olympian Jones admits to steroid use

In a letter she sent to close relatives and friends, she says she will plead guilty Friday to two counts of lying to federal agents about her drug use and an unrelated financial matter.

Marion Jones, the track and field star from Thousand Oaks who won five medals and worldwide fame at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, is expected today to become the most significant athlete to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs, after years of fiercely denying it.

Such an admission could lead to Jones’ being stripped of those medals.


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