Cheating in Marathon Running
Story of Julie Miller, who cheated in multiple triathlon races:
The difference between cheating in 1980 and cheating today is that it’s much harder to get away with now. What trips up contemporary cheaters, Empfield said, is their false assumption that the only thing they have to worry about is their timing chip, the device they wear that records their time at various points along a course.
But the use of additional technology especially the ubiquitous course photos taken by spectators and professional photographers, which provide a wealth of information about athletes’ positions and times throughout a race makes it difficult for people to cover their tracks after the fact.
“What these people don’t understand is that the photos contain so much data they don’t know that this exists,” Empfield said of cheaters. “They think that if they hide in the bushes and re-emerge or take the chip off or whatever, they’re in the clear. But the problem is that people can now forensically recreate your race.”
Reminds me of this 2012 story about marathon cheating.
EDITED TO ADD (4/27): An update with proof of cheating.
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