Five Rus­sians banned for dop­ing at Olympics, track worlds

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Five Rus­sian ath­letes have been given two-year dop­ing bans for of­fences at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 track and field world cham­pi­onships, the All-Rus­sian Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion said Wed­nes­day.

The five in­clude An­ton­ina Krivoshapka, who won sil­ver with the Rus­sian 4x400 re­lay team at the Olympics, and Yev­ge­nia Kolodko, who was the 2012 Olympic shot put sil­ver medal­list.

Both had pre­vi­ously been stripped of those medals by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

Krivoshapka’s ban means she is likely to be stripped of 4x400 gold and in­di­vid­ual 400 bronze medals from the 2013 world cham­pi­onships, though the IAAF did not im­me­di­ately con­firm this.

That would el­e­vate the U.S. team of Jes­sica Beard, Natasha Hast­ings, Ash­ley Spencer and Fran­cena McCorory to re­lay gold, with sil­ver for Britain and bronze for France.

The Ja­maican run­ner Stephanie McPher­son would in­herit Krivoshapka’s in­di­vid­ual 400 bronze.

Kolodko could lose a sil­ver medal from the 2013 Euro­pean indoor cham­pi­onship.

There are also two-year bans for pole vaulter Dmitry Star­o­dubt­sev, who was fourth at the Olympics and dis­cus thrower Vera Ganeyeva, who was 23rd at the Olympics. Ham­mer thrower Anna Bul­gakova was given a ban for fail­ing a retest of the sam­ple she gave when fin­ish­ing fifth at the 2013 worlds.

The All-Rus­sian Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion said in a state­ment that all five had “vol­un­tar­ily ad­mit­ted a vi­o­la­tion of an­tidop­ing rules” af­ter their failed retests had come to light.

All five had tested pos­i­tive for the banned steroid turin­abol, which the for­mer Moscow lab­o­ra­tory di­rec­tor Grig­ory Rod­chenkov has said he gave to Rus­sian ath­letes as part of a steroid cock­tail in a wide-rang­ing dop­ing op­er­a­tion.

There was no ver­dict on whether he was in­volved in the five cases an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

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