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1st Drug Positive: EPO

From the Associated Press:

In the first official doping case of the Beijing Olympics, Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno was kicked out of the games Monday after testing positive for EPO. Moreno, who was due to compete in the women's individual time trial, was tested in the athletes' village on July 31 and left China later the same day before learning the result, the International Olympic Committee said.
IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said Moreno's sample came back positive for EPO, a blood-boosting hormone that enhances endurance and has been at the center of numerous doping scandals in cycling in recent years.
The IOC expelled Moreno from the games, revoked her accreditation and asked cycling's world governing body, the UCI, to follow up for any further sanctions. Athletes found guilty of using EPO normally face a two-year ban.
The 27-year-old Moreno is the first athlete caught under the IOC's Beijing drug-testing program, which began with the opening of the Olympic village on July 27 and runs through the end of the games on Aug. 24. The program includes a record 4,500 doping controls, with athletes subject to surprise, out-of-competition tests at any time and any place.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 11, 2008; 12:34 AM ET
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