Blood doping effects on Russian female middle distance runners

I’d always hoped that elite runners were less likely to be dirty than elites in other sports, but at least in some parts of the world, that clearly isn’t true.

An analysis of Russian female distance runners before and after the implementation of a new anti-doping technique reveals a starkly incriminating pattern, and provides a back-of-the-envelope estimate of how big of a difference doping can make.

One way of interpreting these findings, Iljukov says, is to conclude that for elite athletes, “a significant amount of blood transfusion could improve running times by 1 to 4 percent, depending on the distance, but on average 2 to 3 percent.”

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