16 June 2016

IWF announces ten positives from London 2012 re-tests

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced the names of ten weightlifters that tested positive following the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) re-analysis of samples taken at the London 2012 Olympics. The adverse analytical findings (AAFs) include four gold medal winners from Kazakhstan, a silver medal winner from Russia, as well as two bronze medal winners from Belarus and Ukraine. The athletes will be given a chance to explain if there is a legitimate reason why their samples contained prohibited substances before an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) is confirmed.

Perhaps the highest-profile name to test positive is Ilya Ilyin, a Kazakh weightlifter who has won gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, as well as gold at four World Championships dating back to Doha 2005. He holds the world record in the 94kg category with a total of 418kg, which he lifted at the London 2012 Olympics.

There list also included Kazakh Svetlana Podobedova, whose Olympic record 291kg total tied with Natalya Zabolotnaya of Russia in the 75kg category. However, Podobedova took London 2012 gold due to her lighter bodyweight. The list also included Russian lifter Apti Aukhadov, who took silver in the 85kg category at London 2012 and went on to win gold at the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships.

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