Two Russian Olympic weightlifting medalists fail doping tests

Marina Shainova of Russia reacts after missing an attempt during the Women's 58kg group A weightlifting event at the Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008. Photograph:( Getty )

PTI Moscow Jun 08, 2016, 07.34 AM (IST)
The 'B' samples of two Russian women's weightlifting medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics have come back positive for steroids, Russian state news agency Tass reported yesterday.

Marina Shainova who won silver in the 58-kilogram class and Nadezhda Evstyukhina, bronze medalist in the 75-kg division, were among 10 Russian medalists from Beijing who reportedly tested positive last month in International Olympic Committee (IOC) reanalysis of their stored samples.

Shainova's coach, Vladimir Shainov, told Tass that the two lifters have now also tested positive for turinabol in their "B" samples.

"The document about a further decision has not come yet, but now of course, they will take away the medal and disqualify. Evstyukhina is in the same situation," he said.

Once a "B" sample confirms the original positive finding, the IOC can open a formal doping case. The two could be stripped of their medals. Other Russian medalists from the Beijing Games who were reported to have failed retests last month included bronze medalist Anna Chicherova, who won the high jump gold at the London 2012 Games and Yulia Chermoshanskaya who won gold in the 4x100-meter relay.

The IOC stores Olympic doping samples for 10 years, so that it can reanalyze them when new testing methods become available.