Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The Russian athletics federation (RusAF) has sanctioned five athletes with two-year bans, after the retesting of samples revealed positive tests for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic androgenic steroid. Anna Bulgakova (hammer throw) will be disqualified from 29 March 2017 to 28 March 2019; Antonina Krivoshapka (sprint) from 7 September 2016 to 6 September 2018; Yevgenia Kolodko (shot put), Vera Ganeyeva (discus) and Dmitry Starodubtsev (pole vault) from 2 July 2016 until 1 July 2018.
All samples apart from Bulgakova’s were taken at the London 2012 Olympics – hers was taken at the 2013 Moscow International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships. ‘All athletes voluntarily refused the right to appeal such decisions and agreed that the doping violations will be publicly announced’, read a statement.
The Russian 4×400 relay team stands to lose the silver medal it won at London 2012, as Krivoshapka’s sample was taken directly after that race on 11 August. The Russian team is also likely to lose the 4x400m gold it won at the 2013 IAAF Moscow World Championships, as well as Krivoshapka’s individual 400m bronze, as her results are confirmed as ineligible for two years from that 11 August 2012 date. Kolodko is also likely to lose a silver medal from the 2013 European Indoor Championships.
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