The world of trail running has been rocked by a scandal involving Norwegian champion Stian Angermund. Despite winning the 55km OCC event at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc for the second time last year, Angermund tested positive for the banned substance chlorthalidone. Despite this, Angermund maintains his innocence and is determined to prove it.
The 37-year-old athlete has had an impressive career, winning world trail running titles in 2022 and 2023, as well as the Golden Trail Series in 2018 and 2021. However, these accomplishments have been overshadowed by doping allegations.
In a statement on social media, Angermund expressed his shock and disbelief at the test results, stating that he has never used any medications or supplements, nor has he ever taken or misused drugs. He is currently focused on vigorously defending his innocence and proving that he is a clean athlete, despite facing suspension and a pending investigation.
The implications of the positive test have had a profound impact on Angermund, who has expressed deep sadness and sorrow at the potential loss of his career and reputation. He has also emphasized the toll that this ordeal has taken on his mental and emotional well-being, and has called for caution and kindness from those who choose to believe in him or not.
Chlorthalidone is a diuretic that can be used to reduce body weight or as a masking agent. As Angermund continues to fight to clear his name, the future of his career remains uncertain, with his participation in future events hanging in the balance.
Despite these challenges, Angermund remains committed to proving his innocence and continuing his passion for trail running.