IOC strips Russia of 2008 4x100 women's relay gold medal

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Yuliya Chermoshanskaya, far right, celebrates with her Russian relay mates after winning gold at Beijing in 2008.
Yuliya Chermoshanskaya, far right, celebrates with her Russian relay mates after winning gold at Beijing in 2008.

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The IOC has stripped Russia of a gold medal won in 2008 by its women’s 4×100 relay team after the samples of one team member, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya, tested positive for illegal drugs. Chermoshanskaya tested positive for two prohibited substances, stanozolol and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

In the wake of widespread Russian doping uncovered in 2015 and 2016, the IOC undertook a re-test of a range of samples from the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Olympic Games, using testing techniques not available at the time of those competitions. The resulting sweep found 14 Russian athletes, including nine medalists, had committed doping violations, including Chermoshanskaya. The IOC has the authority to retain samples at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, up to 10 years.

At the Beijing Games, Belgium won silver and Nigeria won bronze, and they are in line to receive the higher-level medals.

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