Despite a positive test for chlorthalidone following the OCC event last August, Stian Angermund of Norway remains adamant in his claim of innocence and is determined to clear his name. The 37-year-old athlete, who has won world trail running titles in 2022 and 2023, as well as the Golden Trail Series in 2018 and 2021, is currently in the process of defending himself.
Angermund took to social media to share his side of the story, expressing his disbelief at the news and stating that he has never used any medications, supplements, or drugs. He emphasized the emotional toll that this ordeal has taken on him and urged 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 innocent until proven guilty and is determined to prove it. However, due to the suspension and pending investigation, he will not be competing in the summer of 2024. There is uncertainty around whether he will ever return to the world stage.
Despite this setback, Angermund remains passionate about sport and hopes to continue competing in the future. He emphasized that athletes must always prioritize their health and well-being above all else.