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Kendall Schler Crossed The Finish Line First In St. Louis Marathon, But Didn’t Run It
By Ron Dicker
Kendall Schler crossed the finish line first in the women’s division of the Go! St. Louis Marathon on Sunday, posing afterward with Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee as the provisional winner.
But officials soon discovered that Schler didn’t run the race and consequently disqualified her on Wednesday, KSDK’s News Channel 5 reports. Andrea Karl, a doctoral candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and the true victor, finished the race in 2:54:28.
Schler’s finish aroused suspicion almost immediately. She was wearing her bib incorrectly and said she had removed the timing strip, which would have prohibited a record of her split times along the route, the station said. She was not accompanied by an official bicycle escort at the finish.
Officials asked Schler to provide photographic evidence that she had been on the course, and she couldn’t produce any.
Turns out she pulled the same ruse for her third-place finish during last year’s St. Louis marathon, too, the St.Louis Post-Dispatch noted. Stripped of her title in that race as well, Schler’s invitation to Monday’s Boston Marathon has since been rescinded.
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