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MOSCOW, July 7. /TASS/. Russian athlete Denis Alexeyev’s B-2 sample taken at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where he won a bronze medal in the men’s 4x400m relay has tested positive for doping, the athlete told TASS on Thursday.
"Information has come that everything is the same as B-1 sample, positive," Alexeyev said.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) informed the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in May that 14 Russian athletes were suspected of using doping at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Suspicions emerged against the Russians after their doping samples were re-examined at the initiative of the IOC.
Apart from Alexeyev, another ten Russian athletes tested positive for doping: Yulia Chermoshanskaya, the 2008 Olympic champion in the 4x100 relay race, Maria Abakumova, silver medalist in javelin throwing, Anastasia Kapachinskaya, silver medalist in the 4x400 relay race, Denis Nizhegorodov, bronze medalist in 50km race walking, Inga Abitova, 10,000m running, Yekaterina Volkova, bronze medalist in the 3,000m steeplechase, Alexander Pogorelov, decathlon, Tatiana Firova, silver medalist in the 4x400 relay race, Ivan Yushkov, shot put, and Anna Chicherova, bronze medalist in high jumping.
Later, it became known that the B-sample of two-time Olympic medalist in race walking Nizhegorodov tested negative.
The International Olympic Committee initiated a cross check of 454 doping samples taken in Beijing from athletes who might take part at the next Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016.