(photo credit: IAAF website)
Zohar Zemiro was the first Israeli athlete to book his place at the 2012 Games,
but he seemed destined to miss out on the London Olympics after failing a drug
However, he was given a huge break in June when the Anti-Doping
Committee of Israel court settled for a one-month suspension and a reprimand
when it seemed all but inevitable that he would have to watch the Games on
The 35-year-old, who qualified for his first Olympics after running
the Amsterdam Marathon in 2:14.28 hours in April of last year, tested positive
for Terbutaline at the start of June, an illegal substance usually found in
Zemiro pleaded guilty but explained that he has suffered
from asthma symptoms for some years and a small amount of Terbutaline must have
entered his body without his knowledge.
Due to the circumstances of the
failed test, the court decided to allow Zemiro to run in London, with the
one-month suspension being served in the time that passed since it was revealed
he tested positive.
“This has been the most difficult time of my life,”
Zemiro said after hearing the news. “I’m happy that this hell is behind
Zemiro’s preparations for London were derailed for almost a month
while he was awaiting his verdict and it would be miraculous if he manages to
finish in the top 20 as the Olympic Committee of Israel
Considering the ordeal he has endured, simply participating in the
Olympic marathon is triumph enough.