37-year-old Stian Angermund, the reigning world short-course trail running champion, has found himself in a difficult position after testing positive for the banned substance chlorthalidone. Despite this news, Angermund remains steadfast in his claim of innocence and is determined to prove it.
Angermund has had a successful career, winning world trail running titles in 2022 and 2023, as well as the Golden Trail Series in 2018 and 2021. However, these accomplishments have been overshadowed by the doping allegations.
The athlete expressed his shock and disbelief at the test results on social media, stating that he has never used any medications or supplements, nor has he ever taken or misused drugs. He is currently focused on vigorously defending his innocence and proving that he is a clean athlete, despite facing suspension and a pending investigation.
Chlorthalidone is a diuretic that can be used to reduce body weight or as a masking agent. As Angermund continues to fight to clear his name, the future of his career remains uncertain, with his participation in future events hanging in the balance. The implications of this situation have taken a toll on Angermund’s mental and emotional well-being.
Angermund emphasized caution and kindness from those who choose to believe in him or not while expressing deep sadness at the potential loss of his career and reputation. The Norwegian trail runner’s focus now is on proving his innocence while also dealing with the fallout from this incident.