|Born||15 July 1975|
Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||50 kg (110 lb)|
Virginia Berasategui Luna (born 15 July 1975 in Bilbao, Biscay) is a Basque triathlete who represented Spain in international competition. In 2009, Berasategui took third place at the Ironman World Championships. In March 2013, she announced that she would retire from the sport after the 2013 season.
In 2005, Berasategui tested positive for EPO following her win at Ironman Lanzarote. The allegations were eventually dropped because of doubts regarding the validity of the testing for EPO at the time. Berasategui claimed "extreme high protein levels in their urine after strenuous exercise" to be the reason for the false positive.
In June 2013, it was announced that Berasategui had tested positive for doping during the Bilbao Triathlon held on 18 May 2013, an event in which Berasategui won the half distance race. One of six anti-doping controls carried out after the Bilbao race had tested positive to which Berasategui asked for a counter-analysis on. However, almost two weeks later, Berasategui confessed to the doping charges. In a statement she said that she would not appeal because she knew that she was guilty and expressed the desire to be open and honest. She apologized and stated that she made "the worst mistake in which an athlete can fall."
|29 July 2012||4th||ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, Vitoria-Gasteiz (4 km / 120 km / 30 km)||6:20:36|
|8 October 2011||10th||Ironman World Championships, Hawaii (Ironman distance)||9:19:52|
|9 October 2010||4th||Ironman World Championships, Hawaii (Ironman distance)||9:16:47|
|1 August 2010||3rd||ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, Immenstadt, Germany (4 km / 130 km / 30 km)||7:13:19|
|26 June 2010||1st||ETU Long Distance Triathlon European Championships, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (4 km / 120 km / 30 km)||6:14:46|
|1 May 2010||3rd||Wildflower Triathlon, Lake San Antonio, California (half-ironman distance)||4:39:46|
|10 October 2009||3rd||Ironman World Championships, Hawaii (Ironman distance)||9:15:28|
|8 August 2009||1st||ETU Long Distance Triathlon European Championships, Prague, Czech Republic (4 km / 120 km / 30 km)||6:13:05|
|2 May 2009||1st||Wildflower Triathlon, Lake San Antonio, California (half-ironman distance)||4:35:00|
|10 August 2008||1st||Ironman 70.3 Germany, Wiesbaden, Germany (half-Ironman distance)||4:43:38|
|10 August 2008||3rd||Monaco Ironman 70.3, Monaco (half-Ironman distance)||4:44:45|
|30 May 2005||1st||Ironman Lanzarote, Lanzarote, Spain (Ironman distance)||10:09:39|
|2 June 2004||1st||Ironman Lanzarote, Lanzarote, Spain (Ironman distance)||9:41:51|
|11 May 2003||1st||ETU Long Distance Triathlon European Championships, Ibiza, Spain (4 km / 120 km / 30 km)||6:19:20|
- "Virginia Berasategui Luna – Personal data" (in Spanish). Spiuk. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- "Virginia Berasategui, Una Ironman de intensas sensaciones" (in Spanish). Vidactiva. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- Carlson, Timothy (10 October 2009). "Crowie and Chrissie take Kona encore wins". Slowtwitch.com. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- "Virginia Will Retire At End of Season" (in Spanish). 3vir. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- Krabel, Herbert (15 June 2013). "Virginia Berasategui tests positive". Slowtwitch.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "Virginia Berasategui, positive in doping control of Bilbao Triathlon" (in Spanish). Marca.com. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Viñas, Sergio Rodriguez (15 June 2013). "Virginia Berasategui tested positive for doping in Bilbao Triathlon" (in Spanish). El Mundo. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Krabel, Herbert (26 June 2013). "Berasategui confesses to doping". Slowtwitch.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
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