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Russian javelin thrower Abakumova stripped of her 2008 Olympics silver

September 13, 2016 21:37 IST

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday sanctioned four Russian Olympians who competed at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games for failing drug tests, including silver medalist Maria Abakumova.

Maria Abakumova of Russia Abakumova, who placed second in the javelin at the 2008 Games, was stripped of her medal after a re-analysis of stored samples resulted in a positive test for the banned substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, or turinabol, the IOC said.

The other athletes disqualified following re-testing are 10,000 metres runner Inga Abitova and 400 metres runner Denis Alexeev, who both competed in Beijing, and track cyclist Ekaterina Gnidenko, who competed in London, an IOC statement said.

None of them placed in the top three in their events.

Image: Maria Abakumova of Russia 

Photograph: Getty Images

 

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