Do Ritz and Galen have "hypocarnitinemia"? wrote:
Salazar has Hasay running the World Half Champs next week, so I'm not that having an "extra week" is one of the reasons why Galen ran in Rome. I mean, last year he raced Prague which was only 2 weeks before Boston I believe. I think they picked Rome for Galen because the course was comparable to Boston and Rupp was long overdue for a fast half time.
Yeah, Galen would have won this one easy today by 1 or even 2 minutes, wouldn’t have cracked 60, but would have had these folks for breakfast.
1) USADA presents strong evidence that all of the Nike Oregon Project runners that received L-carnitine injections from Dr. Brown – Dathan Ritzenhein, Galen Rupp, Tara Edrmann (now Welling), Lindsay Allen, Alvina Begay, and Dawn Grunnagle – committed anti-doping violations
USADA’s logic for this argument is pretty simple. The WADA code limits IV infusions and/or injections to 50 ml over a 6-hour period. USADA argues it’s scientifically impossible to raise your post-infusion L-carnitine levels to over 2,000 umol/L from a starting point of less than 100 umol/L in the span of a treatment that only lasts about an hour without infusing way more than 50 ml.
The conclusion for each runner (except Ritzenhein, about whom they went into much more detail) was damning and basically as follows:
For the reasons set forth above, it appears highly likely that Galen Rupp received an L-carnitine infusion from Dr. Brown in excess of 50 mL in violation of the applicable anti-doping rules and in violation of Dr. Brown’s duty to Galen Rupp not to cause him to violate the rules. USADA’s investigation of Mr. Rupp’s potential violation of sport anti-doping rules is continuing.
For starters, Galen Rupp’s lawyer handed over a worksheet from the pharmacy that prepared Rupp’s IV that the lawyer may have not understood. USADA thinks he thought it vindicated Rupp as he thought it referred to a “45 ml injectable” when in reality it referred to “four (4) 100ml IV infusion bags” each “containg a concentration of 9.67 grams of L-carnitine per 45 milliliters.” They also have evidence that Dr. Brown altered medical records or intentionally withheld information unlawfully to cover his ground and make it seem as if the amount of the infusion was legal.
Additionally, Alberto Salazar appears to have misled people at British Athletics (whom he was advising about giving L-carnitine to Mo Farah) about how much L-carnitine Galen Rupp received.
Athlete Lindsay Allen says Salazar told her about the L-carnitine injections, “we are testing it for USADA”... which was not the case at all.
Nike CEO Mark Parker was kept informed of Alberto Salazar’s L-carnitine discoveries
Previously, it had been reported that Salazar was so excited with gains he thought he saw from the initial L-carnitine test on Steve Magness that he emailed Lance Armstrong his findings. It had not been reported that also on that email was Nike CEO Mark Parker. Salazar also wrote in an email that he was so excited by the initial findings on L-carnitine that he planned on meeting with Parker in-person to discuss them. It is uncertain whether that meeting ever took place. There is no implication that Parker may have known Salazar was committing anti-doping offenses, but this is the first report we have seen that he had active involvement with Salazar’s program.
Did the LetsRun.com investigative doper experts ask Ritzenhein any questions about the USADA investigation into the Nike Oregon Project?
You mean the USADA investigation that hasn’t produced any results yet, meaning the parties are not guilty?