Three Kazakh weightlifters stripped of gold medals from 2012 Games

The three were Zulfiya Chinshanlo in the women's 53 kilos, Maiya Maneza in the women's 63 kilos and Svetlana Podobedova in the women's 75 kilos.

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IOC on Thursdsay sanctioned eight athletes for failing anti-doping test at London Games.   -  AP

Three Kazakh weightlifters have been stripped of the gold medals they won at the 2012 London Olympics after failing doping tests, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

The three were Zulfiya Chinshanlo in the women's 53 kilos, Maiya Maneza in the women's 63 kilos and Svetlana Podobedova in the women's 75 kilos.

They were among eight athletes disqualified from the Games on Thursday as part of the IOC's re-testing of samples.

Marina Shkermankova, a female weightlifter from Belarus was stripped of a bronze medal. Also disqualified were two other Belarusian lifters Dzina Sazanavets and Yauheni Zharnasek, Russian hammer thrower Kirill Ikonnikov and a Russian pole vaulter Dmitry Starodubtsev.

The case against a Russian wrestler who won a silver medal was dropped because he has since died in a car crash.

The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years so they can be reanalyzed when improved testing methods become available.

The IOC recorded a total of 98 positive cases in recent retests of samples from the London Games and 2008 Beijing Olympics.