Alberto García (athlete)
|EAA European Athletics Championships|
|2002 Münich||5000 m|
|European Cross Country Championships|
Garcia's top-level athletic career took off when he was already approaching his thirties. He first came to prominence with a gold medal in the 5000 metres at the Mediterranean Games at Bari in 1997. The following year he finished 19th in the short race at the 1998 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and then finished 49th in the 1999 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. In the 2000 IAAF World Cross Country Championships he ran the long race and came in 29th. He failed to qualify for the 5000 metres finals at the 1999 World Championships and 2000 Olympics, but then came fourth in the 5000 metres at the 2001 World Championships and in the following year he became the European 5000 metres champion at the 2002 European Athletics Championships.
After serving a two-year suspension for doping, Garcia returned to competitive athletics. He finished second in the 2005 European Cross Country Championships behind Serhiy Lebid, and won the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños. On the track, he was unable to reach the best times that he had recorded before his suspension.
In May 2003 it was announced that Garcia had tested positive for the banned blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO), following a control carried out on 29 March 2003 at Lausanne after the 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. For this he received a two-year ban from competition.
On 9 December 2010 García was arrested and questioned in relation to his involvement in a Spanish athletics doping ring as part of Operation Galgo, an investigation being carried out by the Guardia Civil. On release from questioning he strongly denied to the press that he had engaged in drug trafficking.
- 1500 m: 3.35,69 (2001)
- Mile: 3.58,81 (1998)
- 2000 m: 4.56,08 (1997)
- 3000 m: 7.36,53 (2001)
- 5000 m: 13.02,54 (2001)
- 10000 m: 27.46,12 (1999)
- Valiente, Emeterio (18 December 2005). "Burika and García go unchallenged in Venta de Baños". IAAF. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Garcia tests positive for banned substance". UPI. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- "La segunda caída de Alberto Garcia" [The second fall of Alberto Garcia]. El País (in Spanish). 9 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
- "Eufemiano Fuentes y Manuel Pascua, en libertad con cargos" [Eufemiano Fuentes and Manuel Pascua, released with charges]. El Pais (in Spanish). 12 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.