(ATR) Two more Russian athletes, including the Beijing 2008 bronze medalist in the heptathlon, have been sanctioned by the IOC for doping offenses.
Tatiana Chernova (Wikimedia Commons)
Tatiana Chernova has been disqualified and stripped of her bronze medal after testing positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol, according to an IOC statement on Monday.
Chernova had already lost her London 2012 bronze medal and the 2011 world title from a previous doping case.
The silver medalist in Beijing, Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine, has already been disqualified for doping. Kelly Sotherton of Great Britain, who originally finished fifth in the heptathlon in 2008, confirmed on Twitter that she will now receive the bronze.
Sotherton learned in November that she would be awarded a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay in Beijing after teams from Belarus and Russia were disqualified.
The second Russian to be disqualified on Monday was 400m runner Maksim Dyldin, who failed to medal at the 2012 Games in London. Dyldin also tested positive for turinabol.
The IOC has now caught 111 athletes through retesting from the 2008 and 2012 Games. Exactly one-third of those, 37, are Russian. Belarus is second on this list with 16.
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Written by Gerard Farek
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