IOC Sanctions Russian Olympic Medalist Tatiana Chernova

IOC Sanctions Russian Olympic Medalist Tatiana Chernova

IOC Sanctions Russian Olympic Medalist Tatiana Chernova

On Monday, nearly nine years after the Beijing Games, she got a call to tell her that she had been upgraded to a bronze medal.

The IOC has stripped Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova of her bronze medal won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to a further doping violation.

Chernova had already served another doping ban that saw her stripped of Olympic bronze at London in 2012 and the 2011 world title from Daegu in South Korea. Turinabol can be identified if it was used several weeks before a urine sample was given instead of just several days by the test used in 2008.

Britain's Kelly Sotherton, originally fifth, is now in line to be promoted to the bronze medal position.

"Such a significant extension of the detection window is the obvious explanation for the unfortunately spectacular and unprecedented high number of positive cases which were revealed", the International Olympic Committee disciplinary panel said in its published judgment.

The second Russian to be disqualified on Monday was 400m runner Maksim Dyldin, who failed to medal at the 2012 Games in London. He ranked 17th and fifth, respectively.

The re-testing programme is part of the IOC's efforts to catch cheats using newer testing methods or looking for substances that were not known at the time of past Olympics, and to prevent them from competing in future Games.

This is the second time in five months the 40-year-old has been upgraded to Olympic bronze, after Belarus and Russian Federation were disqualified from the 4x400m relay at the Beijing Olympics.

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