A London Marathon runner is under investigation after suspicion that he jumped over a barrier to slash 9 miles from the route.
Jason Scotland-Williams, 34, completed this year’s marathon in three hours eight minutes – more than four hours faster than his time last year of seven hours 24 minutes, The Daily Mail reports.
Scotland-Williams ran the first half of the marathon in two hours and seven minutes and the second half of the race in just one hour and one minute – faster than Olympic champion Mo Farah.
Runners have been very skeptical of Scotland-Williams’s results on online forums.
According to The Telegraph people posting on the forums think he must have jumped over the barrier at the halfway point near Tower Bridge, where a waist-high barrier separates runners passing the 13-mile marker from those reaching the 22-mile point.
The official London Marathon website logs his progress around the first half of the course, giving updates for every 5kms he completed.
As you can see above it only gives estimated times at the 25km, 30km and 35km markers.
Virgin Money London Marathon confirmed to The Sun that Mr Scotland-Williams’ times were being investigated.
A spokesman said: “We have anti-cheating measures during the event, and then post-event when we analyze split times from points around the course. Runners found to have cheated are removed from results and banned from future events.”