Three-time Bank of America Chicago Marathon winner Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, the second fastest women's marathoner in history, has had those titles annulled by the Russian track federation, which announced Tuesday it has banned her two years for blood doping.
It could cost her millions of dollars.
Shobukhova won the Chicago race in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Her 2011 winning time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds is the fourth fastest ever, behind three by Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain.
The Russian federation said it has annulled all her results after Oct. 9, 2009.
Shobukhova has the right to appeal. If it fails, she also would be stripped of her 2010 London Marathon title and face demands to repay prize and bonus money and appearance fees earned during the period affected by the doping violation.
Shobukhova, 36, won $1 million as winner of the World Marathon Majors series in 2009-10 and 2010-11. She also won $265,000 in placement prize money and $90,000 in time bonuses from her four Chicago Marathons, including a fourth place in 2012. Her appearance fees in Chicago, where she is the only runner to have won three straight titles, likely approached an aggregate $500,000.
Only two of her three London Marathon performances, a first in 2010 and second in 2011, would be affected by the ban. She earned $160,000 in placement prize money and time bonuses for those two races.
Shobukhova, a three-time Olympian, was found guilty of doping as a result of abnormal values on her biological passport, a doping control program in which measures of an athlete's blood and hormonal levels are tracked over time.
The ban, announced Tuesday, is retroactive to Jan. 24, 2013, meaning she could compete again next January 24.
Radcliffe, Chicago champion in 2002, reacted by tweeting, "Lilya Shobukhova finally exposed as drug cheat ... Monies won won should be returned and rightful winners" recognized.
Chicago race director Carey Pinkowski declined to comment on the issue of changing the race results or redestributing prize money based on the new results "until we have a final ruling from the Russian Federation."
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