Rashid Ramzi showed that he was one of the elite athletes in his sport after winning the 800- and 1500-meter races at the 2005 World Championships, becoming the first man to ever win both events at the competition. A few years later, he won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing—the first ever for the nation of Bahrain—but that accomplishment soon was taken away after Ramzi tested positive for the banned blood-boosting substance CERA, and was stripped of his medal.
What Performance Enhancer Did He Use ?
CERA is Continuous Erythropoietin Receptor Activator falls under a variety of agents have been used to manipulate hemoglobin levels. The basic aim is that by that increasing oxygen delivery through elevating hemoglobin levels will augment maximum oxygen uptake and perhaps more importantly for endurance events increase the workload at which anaerobic threshold is reached.