| Doping Cases at the Athens Games |
Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004; 11:35 a.m. EDT
ATHENS -- Doping cases at the Athens Games:
• Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis was the first athlete in Athens stripped of a medal because of a doping offense. Sampanis lost his bronze from the 62-kilogram class. • Russian shot putter Irina Korzhanenko tested positive for steroids after she won the gold and was stripped of her medal. • Hungary's Robert Fazekas lost his gold medal in discus for allegedly tampering with a doping test. • Hungarian weightlifter Ferenc Gyurkovics was stripped of his silver medal and kicked out of the Olympics for using the steroid oxandrolone. • Ukrainian rower Olena Olefirenko tested positive for a banned stimulant, costing her four-woman crew the bronze medal in lightweight sculls. • Hungary's Adrian Annus was stripped of his gold medal in hammer throw Sunday for failing to take a follow-up drug test demanded by the IOC. • Colombian cyclist Maria Luisa Calle Williams was stripped of her bronze medal in the points race after testing positive for a stimulant. • Weightlifter Zoltan Kovacs of Hungary, who finished last in the 105-kilogram class, was banished from the games for failing to provide a urine sample. • Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou pulled out of the games while the IOC was investigating their missed doping tests. • Belarusian high jumper Aleksey Lesnichyi was kicked out of the games after testing positive for the steroid clenbuterol. • Russian 400-meter runner Anton Galkin was kicked out of the games after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol. • Kenyan boxer David Munyasia was barred by the IOC after testing positive for a banned stimulant in an out-of-competition test. • Puerto Rican wrestler Mabel Fonseca was stripped of her fifth-place finish in 55 kg after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol. • Weightlifters Wafa Ammouri of Morocco, Zoltan Kecskes of Hungary, Viktor Chislean of Moldova, Pratima Kumari Na of India and Sule Sahbaz of Turkey were suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation for failing drug tests taken before the Athens Games. • Weightlifter Albina Khomich of Russia failed an IWF pre-competition doping test and was disqualified from the 75-kg competition. • Weightlifter Myanmar's Nan Aye Khine was stripped of her fourth-place finish at 48 kg after testing positive for steroids in an IOC test. • Weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu of India was stripped of her fourth-place finish in the 53-kg class after testing positive for a banned diuretic that can be used as a masking agent. • Four days before the start of the games, two Greek baseball players, a Swiss cyclist, a Spanish canoe team member and an Irish distance runner were banned because of doping. • American sprinter Torri Edwards had her two-year drug suspension upheld by an arbitration panel during the games. She tested positive for a stimulant at an April meet.
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