Russian heptathlete stripped of Beijing 2008 bronze

Posted April 26, 2017

"Tatyana Chernova, 29, of Russian Federation, competing in the women's heptathlon event in which she ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008", read a statement on the IOC's website.

On Monday, the International Olympic Committee released a statement declaring that re-testing of Chernova's samples from Beijing revealed the prohibited substance turinabol.

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Samples are stored for a decade, and for the 2008 and 2012 re-tests Russian Federation has had the most positive cases per nation.

Recently, the Russian Athletics Federation issued a list of five athletes who confessed to having used turinabol, among which stand out the winners of London-2012 Antonina Krivoshapka (Silver Medal, 4 x 400 relay) and Yevguenia Kolodko (Silver Medal, shot put). He ranked 17th and fifth, respectively.

It is not the first time that the Briton has been upgraded to win an Olympic medal.

One is in the heptathlon, in which she finished fifth behind the now-banned Chernova and Lyudmila Blonska, and the other is in the 4x400 metres relay, after the Belarus and Russian Federation teams were found to be at fault.