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More Russian athletes banned for doping

Apr 3, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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Athens Olympic hammer throw champ Olga Kuzenkova of Russia has had two years of her career annulled and is set to lose her 2005 world title after samples from the event, held in Helsinki, tested positive for a yet-to-be-named substance when they were recently reexamined.

She’ll lose everything between August 12, 2005 to August 11, 2007, but this shouldn’t affect Kuzenkova going forward, since she retired after failing to make the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Still, it brings into question her 2004 Athens gold medal in the hammer just as samples from those Games are being retested before the eight year statute of limitations on changing results runs out.

Speaking of which, Kuzenkova’s compatriot Svetlana Krivelyova has had her shot put bronze from the 2004 Games taken away after her samples tested positive for anabolic steroids during reexamination.

Strangely, Krivelyova was only promoted to bronze after Russian teammate Irina Korzhanenko was stripped of her gold in the shot put for similar reasons. No word yet on whether Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus will now be promoted to that 2004 bronze medal, mostly because she was just stripped of her gold from London in the same event. There are no words…

  1. mogogo1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    If you can catch the cheats anywhere remotely close to the time they cheated, I’m all aboard with stripping titles, banning them, etc. But this business of going back many years makes me skeptical. (Are the samples still untainted, etc.) I also think it hurts the image of the sport in that now when somebody wins there’s a tempered enthusiasm as everybody wonders if the title will just be stripped away years down the road.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:22 AM

      Please don’t tell me the ancient Greeks did it too, that the dude who ran across the plains of Marathon with military news was on steroids. Nooooooooooooooooo.

  2. ermur22 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Whichever countries steroid science is best wins gold!!!!

  3. csilojohnson - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Im just going to assume ALL athletes* take steroids. Easier that way. Makes for better entertainment anyways.

  4. vikesfansteve - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:22 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.

    • Matthew Kitchen - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Loved *9.79. There’s actually a review of it somewhere back in the blog. Also, did you copy and paste your comment from the other PED story?

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