SIERRE- ZINAL 2022 MEN’S WINNER PROVISIONALLY SUSPENDED FOR DOPING Our TRAIL RUNNING sections bring us the sad news just published by the official organization of the Swiss race Sierre Zinal.

The Sierre Zinal 2022 winner, Mark Kangogo , have tested positive for two substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The final Men’s ranking for the 2022 edition is therefore suspended, pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings.


Below you can see the official statement released by the Sierre-Zinal organization in their website:

On Monday 10 October 2022 the Athletics Integrity Unit informed the Sierre-Zinal Management Committee that disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the winner of the men’s race at Sierre-Zinal 2022:

“The winner of the men’s race Mark Kangogo tested positive for two substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the 49th edition of Sierre-Zinal. Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated and the athlete has been provisionally suspended. The violation could lead to the athlete’s results at Sierre-Zinal 2022 being invalidated. The procedure is ongoing.” the Athletics Integrity Unit stated.

The final Men’s ranking for the 2022 edition is therefore suspended, pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings. The management of Sierre-Zinal will make no further comment on this specific point until the conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings.

For several years, Sierre-Zinal has been fighting against all forms of doping by systematically mandating doping controls for the “Runners” category. Within the framework of the Golden Trail World Series, Sierre-Zinal also applies the “Quartz” programme aimed at preserving the health of the athletes.

Sierre-Zinal, heart first, time second

Which is why the race management is committed to a clean race, out of respect for the thousands of participants who have made Sierre-Zinal a world-class race for 49 years. Sierre-Zinal will continue to be the event that brings together all levels of sportsmen and women, defending the profound values of sport: fairness, surpassing oneself, discipline and respect

On the same topic, the Athletics Integrity Unit has also released a statement about Mark Kangogo and the two substances by which the Sierre-Zinal 2022 winner has been provisionally suspended:

SIERRE-ZINAL 2022: 31KM| 2200M+

Sierre-Zinal draws top international runners back year after year, in pursuit of one of the biggest accolades in mountain running. From 1979 to 1982 Pablo Vigil (USA) won 4 in a row. In the women’s race Veronique Marot (GBR) won 3 out of 4 between 1984 and 1987, then Isabella Crettenand-Moretti (SUI) was unbeaten between 1995 and 1997. In 2001 Ricardo Mejia (MEX) won his first of 3 races, but his dominance was interrupted by Jonathan Wyatt (NZL) in 2002 and 2003, who set the record of 2.29.12 which was unbeaten for 16 years. In 2006 Anna Pichrtova (CZE) began her 4 year reign, setting the women’s record of 2.54.26 in the process. This record would also endure for 11 years.

But by far the most dominant male athlete here has of course been Kilian Jornet (ESP) who has won an incredible 8 times. He finally beat the record set by Jonathan Wyatt at an unbelievably exciting 2019 race, running 2.25.35.

Lucy Wambui (KEN) has won 3 times in recent years (2015, 2017, 2018) but it was Maude Mathys (SUI) who finally smashed Anna Pichrtova’s record with a stunning run of 2.49.20, also in 2019. Will these records stand after Saturday’s race? Let’s take a look at the fields.



Sierre Zinal is a race especially open to all types of runners due to its characteristics, and that day it has been proven so.

Not too technical, not too rolling. Neither very long, nor short… Total, that in the end here converge and win often, athletes trained in other disciplines. It was not causality that first victory in 1974 of the cross-country skier against the Olympic champion of the 3,000m hurdles.

Kangogo 5KM to the finish line Sietrre Zinal 2022. Photo: @hekruca. Héctor Rubio

Kilian Jornet  was looking for his tenth gold here, moreover, he was once again the mega-favorite, also counting that the record here is his, since 2019 with 2h25.35.

However as he explained at the finish line he suffered from some cramps and at the last aid station with no more than 5 KM to the finish line, the head of the race had 7 minutes from him.

Kilian at his pass for Barneuza, Sierre-Zinal 2022. Photo: @hekruca Héctor Rubio

In the men’s race it was another Kenyan debutant who pushed the pace early on. Unlike Chesang, Mark
Kangogo, 2nd at Thyon-Dixence last weekend, had company.

Among those who kept up with the early pace were Kangogo’s compatriots Patrick Kipngeno and Philemon Kiriago, the Run2gether pair who have been the standouts on the Valsir World Cup so far this year, and the great Catalan Kilian Jornet, 9 time champion of Sierre-Zinal.

Gradually that group broke as first Kangogo and Kipngeno pulled away from the rest, then as the gradients eased after Chandolin, Kangogo pulled away from Kipngeno. Running ahead of course record pace, his lead grew all the way to Hotel Weisshorn and although he slowed dramatically in the final kilometres and dropped behind the record, he was never in danger of being caught.

Falling to the ground as he crossed the line, Kangogo’s winning time, 2:27:31, is the 3rd fastest in the race’s history; only Kilian Jornet and Petro Mamu, 1st and 2nd in 2019, have run faster.

Remarkable runs for 2nd place are becoming a tradition at Sierre-Zinal. After Robbie Simpson’s incredible move through the field in 2021, this year it was the turn of Andreu Blanes.

The Spanish orienteer was nowhere early on, over 4 minutes down on the leaders at Ponchette. Biding his time, he picked up a few places through the middle section of the race, then from Hotel Weisshorn to the finish he flew.

No-one else was even close to his splits. Where Mathys ran out of road, Blanes had just enough, passing Kipngeno on the final descent and giving himself just enough of a buffer to celebrate, falling to his knees as he crossed the line in 2nd, 14 seconds ahead of Kipngeno in 3rd

But if the race for 2nd was exciting, the race for 4th was heart-stopper. Kilian Jornet and the Eritrean Petro Mamu, sparring partners at this race before, were also gaining hard. Metres apart, they passed a fading Kiriago, who took a horrible fall, in the closing minutes.

On the road into the finish the 9 time champion thought his 4th place was secure, but as Jornet was high fiving the fans Mamu was right behind, his footsteps hidden by the noise of the crowd, winding up to a ferocious finishing kick. By the time Jornet realised what was happening it was too late. Leaning for the line like he was racing on the track, Mamu snatched 4th place by a tenth of a second.

Philemon Kiriago did a commendable job of limiting his losses after his fall and crossed the line, covered in dust, just 28 seconds later to take 6th

1** – MARK KANGOGO (KEN – DAUDIN / ON RUNNING): 02:27:31 Now removed from the first position due to doping
3 – PETRO MAMU (ERI – SCARPA): 02:30:18


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