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Russian javelin thrower Abakumova stripped of 2008 Olympics silver — IOC

September 13, 18:40 UTC+3
Re-analysis of Maria Abakumova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited turinabol
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Maria Abakumova

Maria Abakumova

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GENEVA, September 13. /TASS/. Russian women’s javelin thrower Maria Abakumova was stripped of the silver medal she won at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after the reanalysis of her doping sample from the Games tested positive for a banned performance enhancing substance, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in its statement on Tuesday.

"Abakumova, 30, of the Russian Federation, competing in athletics (javelin throw event), has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 2nd and was awarded the silver medal," the statement from the IOC said. "Re-analysis of Abakumova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol)."

The IOC stated that retests of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics tested positive for three more Russian athletes and their results were cancelled.

The three athletes at the issue are Inga Abitova, the 10,000 meters runner, Denis Alexeev, a runner in 4x400m relay and Ekaterina Gnidenko, who competed in cycling (track Keirin event).

Due to Alexeev’s positive doping test, Russia was stripped of the bronze medal won in men’s 4x400 meters relay.

"The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement," the IOC said in its statement.

"To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015," the statement added.

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