Russia must return ‘08 relay gold after doping

The International Olympic Committee says Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for two steroids stanozolol and turinabol and has been retroactively disqualified. She and the rest of the relay team were ordered to return the gold medals.

From left - Aleksandra Fedoriva, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya, Evgeniya Polyakova and Yulia Gushchina. Chermoshanskaya tested positive for two steroids stanozolol and turinabol and has been retroactively disqualified.   -  Getty images

The IOC has stripped Russia of its gold medal in the women’s 4x100-meter relay from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after one of the runners tested positive in a reanalysis of her doping samples.

The International Olympic Committee says Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for two steroids stanozolol and turinabol and has been retroactively disqualified. She and the rest of the relay team were ordered to return the gold medals.

Chermoshanskaya also was disqualified from the 200 meters, in which she finished eighth.

The IOC asked the IAAF to modify the results and take any further action against the athlete.

Belgium stands to be upgraded to gold, with Nigeria moving up to silver and Brazil to bronze.

The IOC retested doping samples from the Beijing and 2012 London Games with improved techniques. A total of 98 positives were recorded.

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