Stian Angermund of Norway has found himself in a difficult situation after failing a test for chlorthalidone following the OCC event last August. Despite the positive test, the reigning world short-course trail running champion insists that he is innocent and “utterly bewildered” by the results.
The 37-year-old athlete, who has also won world trail running titles in 2022 and 2023, as well as the Golden Trail Series in 2018 and 2021, took to social media to share his side of the story. He expressed his disbelief at the news and stated that he has never used any medications, supplements, or drugs.
Angermund is currently in the process of defending his innocence and proving that he is clean. However, due to the suspension and pending investigation, he will not be competing in the summer of 2024, and there is uncertainty around whether he will ever return to the world stage.
The athlete expressed the profound sadness and sorrow he feels at the potential loss of his career, reputation, and passion for sport. He emphasized the emotional toll that this ordeal has taken on him, urging everyone to exercise caution and kindness, whether they choose to believe in him or not.
The substance for which Angermund tested positive, chlorthalidone, is a diuretic that can be used to reduce body weight or as a masking agent. Despite the positive test, Angermund remains adamant in his claim of innocence and is determined to clear his name.