Russia stripped of 2008 relay gold due to positive retest

Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:25pm EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Russia was ordered on Tuesday to return its gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics 4x100m women's relay after Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for a banned substance in a re-analysis of her sample.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) disqualified her for testing positive for steroid use.

"The Russian Federation team is disqualified from the women’s 4x100m relay. The corresponding medals and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned," the IOC said.

Her relay team mates in that competition were Aleksandra Fedoriva, Yulia Gushchina and Yevgeniya Polyakova.

Belgium finished second in the race and Nigeria won bronze.

The IOC requested the world athletics federation (IAAF) to modify the results of the event and to consider any further action.

Chermoshanskaya, who finished eighth in the individual 200m in Beijing, tested positive for several anabolic steroids, including stanozolol, an anabolic steroid favored by athletes and bodybuilders attempting to lose fat while retaining lean body mass.

Some users also say it reduces the amount of recovery time needed after injury.   Continued...

(From L to R) Evgeniya Polyakova of Russia and her teammates Yulia Gushchina, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya and Aleksandra Fedoriva look at the scoreboard after the women's 4 x 100m relay final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 22, 2008. The Russian team finished first.    REUTERS/Jerry Lampen (CHINA)