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London 1500m champ tests positive for banned substance

Mar 22, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Turkey’s lone female gold medalist from the London Games, 1500m champ Asli Cakir Alptekin, is one of eight athletes who the World Anti-doping agency says has tested positive for banned, albeit yet unnamed, substances.

The IAAF is calling for the Turkish Athletics Federation to punish Alptekin, possibly with a lifetime ban, since she already served a two-year suspension for doping back in 2004.

That previous ban, plus the fact that Alptekin went from failing to even make the 1500m finals at the 2011 world championships to being the best runner at her distance in mere months was, not surprisingly, considered pretty suspicious.

In fact, British 1500m runner Lisa Dobriskey, who finished tenth, told the Mirror: “I’ll probably get into trouble for saying this but I don’t believe I’m competing on a level playing field,” likely hinting at Alptekin.

If Alptekin is stripped of her medal, her countrywoman Gamze Bulut would actually move up from silver to gold. But given their affiliation, she might have to prove her innocence before accepting the award.

Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain finished third to win her country’s first ever medal. Of course, her countryman Rashid Ramzi won the men’s 1500m in Beijing before being stripped of his gold for doping.

I’m just going to stop typing now.

  1. fnc111 - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    And so ten years later the gold medal goes to Shezmsy Acktur who finished in 197th place.

  2. hjworton46 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Dobby Dobriskey wasnt at her best during London 2012 but she is an honest athlete. One of the few.

  3. vikesfansteve - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Every single Olympic track athlete cheats with PED’s. Look at the women with mens muscles. It’s pathetic. Even Carl Lewis cheated. They took old blood tests from the 88 Olympics and retested them with new testing procedures and every athlete in the 100 m finals tested positive for PED’s, even Carl Lewis. Watch the 30 for 30 called 9.79 on Ben Johnson. Just waiting for Bolt to be found doping.

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