22 Sep Olympic Gold Medalist Nadzeya Ostapchuk Stripped of Gold Medal After Failed Drug Test
Nadzeya Ostapchuk, the Belorussian who won Olympic gold in the shot put at this year’s London Olympics has now had her gold medal stripped from her. Unfortunately, the Belorussian had won her country’s only gold medal in the track and field event.
The title has now been passed on to New Zealand’s teammate, Valerie Adams, according to a recent article. Ostapchuk tested positive for metenolone which is a banned substance.
Two urine samples provided by Ostapchuk contained traces of the substance forcing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to disqualify her. The statement from the IOC said they had disqualified the Belorussian and withdrawn her medal excluding her from the XXX Olympics in London.
On August 5, Ostapchuk was first asked to provide the urine sample for doping tests but then competed the next day and placed first in the shot put. After the event, she was then asked to provide another urine sample immediately. Both urine samples contained traces of metenolone which is classified as an anabolic steroid and is listed in the prohibited 2012 list.
After Ostapchuk’s disqualification, Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko was promoted with the silver medal and China’s Lijiao Gong was awarded the bronze medal. Brett Morse, the British discus thrower was told to apologize after his offensive Twitter comments in which he suggested the 31 year old Ostapchuk was doping.
Ostapchuk’s positive drug test came through just a few hours after London bid a farewell to the Olympic Games hosted in their city. The closing ceremony featured local British acts The Who and the Spice Girls.
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