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  • Four Russians Disqualified from London 2012 For Doping


    (ATR) The IOC has disqualified four more Russian athletes from the London 2012 Olympics after failed doping reanalysis tests.
    Russian athletes targeted for reanalysis in support of McLaren investigation (Getty Images)

    None of the four came close to a medal in London.

    Three of the four competed in athletics. Mariia Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva finished 11th and 16th respectively in the women’s hammer throw while Victoria Valyukevich (maiden name Victoria Gurova) finished 8th in the women’s triple jump.

    The fourth athlete was weightlifter Khadzhimurat Akkaev, who was forced to withdraw from the men’s 105kg competition due to injury.

    All four tested positive for the banned substance turinabol.

    The IOC said in a statement that Thursday's results are part of a process to target a number of reanalyses of Russian samples in 2016 to support Richard McLaren's investigations into state-sponsored Russian doping.

    These latest results are in line with two clear trends that have emerged from the retesting done on athletes who competed in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The first is that the two sports with the overwhelming majority of positive retests are athletics and weightlifting.

    Of the 106 positives found so far, 94 of them have come from the athletics (46) and weightlifting (48) competitions, according to results compiled by the IOC.

    The second trend is that Russia has had more athletes test positive in the reanalysis than any other country. Of the 62 failed retests from Beijing 2008, 17 of them were Russian athletes. So far, there have been 17 Russians among the 44 who have failed retests from London 2012.

    Russia's total of 34 is more than double the number of Belarus, which is second on the list with 16.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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