Norwegian athlete Stian Angermund has faced controversy after testing positive for the banned substance chlorthalidone. Despite winning the 55km OCC event at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc for the second time last year, Angermund has been accused of doping. However, he maintains his innocence and is determined to clear his name.
Throughout his career, Angermund has achieved great success, winning world trail running titles in 2022 and 2023, as well as the Golden Trail Series in 2018 and 2021. These accomplishments have now been overshadowed by the doping allegations.
Angermund expressed his shock and disbelief at the test results in a statement 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, Angermund remains determined to clear his name.
The implications of the positive test have had a profound impact on Angermund’s life. He has expressed deep sadness and sorrow at the potential loss of his career and reputation. He has also emphasized the toll that this ordeal has taken on his mental and emotional well-being, calling for caution and kindness from those who choose to believe in him or not.
As he continues to fight to clear his name, Angermund’s future remains uncertain. The use of chlorthalidone as a diuretic or masking agent raises questions about its effects on athletes’ performance, making it important for organizations to strictly enforce anti-doping policies.