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Lisa Dobrisky of Britain accused her fellow runners of cheating in the recent women’s 1500m race, which was championed by Turkish athlete Asli Cakir Alptekin, according to Daily Mail.

Dobrisky herself came in tenth, missing out on any chance of medaling, but claimed the race was not "on a level playing field."

"People will be caught eventually, I think. Fingers crossed anyway," Dobrivsky was quoted as saying.
The race was the slowest ever ran in Olympic history, with Daily Mail branding Cakir Alptekin's medal as "the cheapest gold of the Games" because of her 4:10.23 race time.

Cakir Alptekin responded to Dobrisky's claims by saying that they "reflected her personality."

"I took six tests in a month, before and after the race," Cakir Alptekin told daily Hurriyet. "I don't care what she says. These statements only reflect her personality."

Second place finisher and silver medalist Gamze Bulut also dismissed the British athlete’s claims.

"The British athlete failed to succeed in front of her people. Tens of thousands of Britons applauded us. She must have been jealous of that," the Turkish athlete said.

The women’s 1500m brought Turkey a gold and silver medal thanks to Cakir Alptekin and Bulut who both overcame their competition in the field.


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Nixar Osman

8/14/2012 7:15:48 AM

Well said Dennis Kavaz. Are the Turkey bashers and sour grape singers also blaming indirectly the Olympic Committee for not doing their job properly? Or are they saying that 'perhaps all those who had been committed of drug use in the past should not be allowed to take part in any further competitions'? What justice system would that fall under, I wonder British? I don't think so. This is just a very simple sour grape story by a bad looser. Shame on Daily Mail for giving her word such prominence

S. Tinaz

8/12/2012 11:35:44 PM

@adampolk [Asli got suspension because of a medication which she used for her injury. she didn't use a drug to increase her performance. that was totally her doctor's mistake, the doctor shouldn't have prescribed a med which got her in trouble.] Yes, that was the story and the medication was bought from a local pharmacy. It was the doctors mistake but alas she had to pay for it. And after 2 years she has proofed that she can run in front of every one on her own power. She has earned her gold.

jacques martin

8/12/2012 11:14:34 PM

She is so ugly !

Dr. Prof. Novnesense

8/12/2012 9:02:06 PM

Sam, so your playing the misunderstud card? Plan and simple other athletes have improved there performance during an Olympic era and not had to suffer this kind of abuse. Usually people are innocent until proven innocent. She has been Tested 6 times already this year and she would be very silly to make the same mistake twice. Other athletes have won gold during this Olympics that have been banned and are not having to face this type of nonsense. Face it this is due to her nationality.

Red Tail

8/12/2012 6:15:35 PM

Adam. We are not talking about Good intentions here. A runner improves her performance with over 10 seconds (which is enoooormous) and has before been banned for 2 years for use of illegal substances. If a situation is like that, then one has to accept that people approach the winner with suspision. And control are not based on "good intention". You can see the same around the far more famous Usain Bolt. Also a lot of speculation. Since illegal substances are available, we have to accept that.


8/12/2012 6:00:38 PM

Here is another thing, if after doping she ended up with a time over 4 minutes, then she should call Jacoby and Myers and sue the drug company! You do not need to dope to run 4 minutes here!

Adam Polk

8/12/2012 5:38:27 PM

@sam stevens, yeah sam everybody has good intentions here. I was just giving the whole story of Aslı, some parts you 'accidently' forgot to mention. thanks to give us medal count of GB, that is totally related with Aslı's story. good intentions always :)

sam stevens

8/12/2012 4:11:51 PM

Adam Polk. Just for the record, I'd like you to know I was the first to come here to congratulate these girls,as soon as the race had finished I came here to comment. Only later did I learn all the related facts, everyone loves a winner no sour grapes will be coming from anyone,all they want is the truth. In case you didn't know Team GB have 62 medals already & 28 of them are GOLD. As for what you say was a mistake by a doctor.........that's what they all say !

Mas Nevets

8/12/2012 3:06:01 PM

Hard luck stories, persecution complex, and sense of entitlement are deeply ingrained in Polish culture. This person does not speak for Britain and its a shame she has been chosen to represent Britain.

The Prisoner

8/12/2012 2:20:36 PM

Time and subsequent tests will bring the truth to light. Bet it doesn't get publicised in Turkiye if certain runners are later proved to be cheats. Quite a few people have been thrown out this time already and I haven't seen much about that in Turkish press either.
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