Russian Sports Agent and U.S. Marathon Officials Under Federal Investigation

Mr. Baranov emphatically denied any criminal activity in an interview on Thursday morning. He said he had “absolutely not” entered doped athletes into United States competitions nor had he made inappropriate payments to race organizers. He said he had been unaware of the government’s investigation.

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One of the notable runners Mr. Baranov has represented, Lyubov Denisova, pictured at the 2005 Los Angeles Marathon, was disciplined for elevated testosterone levels in 2007, months after she set the women’s course record for the Honolulu Marathon.

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