You have to be honest with yourself and not put your head in the sand when it comes to certain things. Don't insult everyones intelligence and not include the US here also. I'd wager 90-100% of US athletes were on some type of PED. They use what they can get away with. The sprinters have the hi-test stuff for sure. Kenya and Ethiopia may likely be worse than Russia. Russia had a working anti doping agency in RUSADA which busted a ton. In reality, the US is no better than Russia.
I find it quite credible that distance running athletes and coaches focus more on training and racing, rather than remembering drugs by the names used in anti-doping.
Unlike fans who like to gossip and read tabloids about doping, I don't see any strong reason why professional athletes or coaches should have likely heard of "nandrolone" and remembered it by name. Maybe she heard it by other names like "deca", or simply remembered it as "steroids" whenever the topic of other busts came up.
I always wondered about a slew of no name Africans running prized marathon races in Asia and Arab countries. There are so many of them. Most men under 2:10 marathon and some even close to 2:05 or under. Are the drug test protocols easier to pass in races in these countries?
Right, it's racist to point out that Kenya has an enormous doping problem (138 positive from 2004 to 2018) with constant positives every year, but what is it to deny at every occasion that the Kenyan caught is a top Kenyan? Would you call that a doping apologist? These are actual members of Kenyan national teams competing internationally for Kenya. But if you want some "top" Kenyans, how about Asbel Kiprop, Elijah Manangoi, Jemima Sumgong, Rita Jeptoo, Kipyegon Bett, Lawrence Cherono, Wilson Kipsang, ...?
After working with many Kenyans in the US collegiate program, I have found that cheating is just a way of life in their home country. Not necessarily "doping," but...bending to full on breaking the rules, whether its for jobs, academic integrity - or yes - drugs. That's just what they do - I'm not sure it's seen as "cheating" in Kenya - rather a clever "community effort" to get ahead in life. Doesn't mean it's still not cheating. It's been...frustrating trying to help them assimilate to US culture & understand what "cheating" is.
I coach several Olympian athletes and when Shelby got popped all of them never had heard of nandrolone before. Mind you I'm 100% convinced Shelby is guilty of doping, as well as some others running for Bowerman.