September 10, 2015 12:45 am

Peruvian Pan Am games marathon winner stripped of Toronto medal for doping

Peru's Gladys Tejeda celebrates before crossing the finish to win the women's marathon at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Ontario, Saturday, July 18, 2015.

AP Photo/Felipe Dana

LIMA, Peru – Peru’s Olympic Committee says 29-year-old distance runner Gladys Tejeda has been stripped of the gold medal she won in Toronto in July’s Pan American Games because of doping.

The committee said in a statement Wednesday that Tejeda had tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list because it is used to mask other drugs.

Tejeda had set a games record of 2:33.03.

The statement said that Tejeda would be temporarily suspended from international competition.

A hero at home after the victory, Peru’s government had awarded her with a $22,000 cheque.

Tejeda was out of the country when the sanction was announced.

© 2015 Associated Press

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