Blonska Tests Positive, Loses Silver
Here's the latest on Lyudmila Blonska, the Ukrainian heptathlete who was stripped of her Olympic silver medal earlier Friday for doping.
Excerpts from the Associated Press report:
The International Olympic Committee said Blonska tested positive for the steroid methyltestosterone after finishing second in the heptathlon last Saturday behind teammate Nataliia Dobrynska. ...
Blonska, who blamed her coach and husband for the positive test, also was dropped from Friday's long jump final after finishing third in qualifying earlier in the week.
The IOC asked the International Association of Athletics Federations to adjust the heptathlon results and consider further sanctions against Blonska. ...
American Hyleas Fountain is in line to take the silver, with Russia's Tatiana Chernova moving from fourth to bronze.
The IOC also reserved the right to take sanctions against Blonska's coach and husband, Sergei Blonsky.
The 30-year-old Blonska faces a lifetime ban for a second doping offense. She was suspended from 2003-05 for using the steroid stanozolol.
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