Chi­nese weightlifters lose medals from 2008

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

Three Chi­nese women weightlifters were stripped of Olympic ti­tles for dop­ing at their home 2008 Bei­jing Games. China also faces a one-year ban from in­ter­na­tional weightlift­ing.

The IOC also took a Bei­jing bronze medal in the shot put from Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Be­larus. Ostapchuk pre­vi­ously lost her gold medal and Olympic ti­tle from the 2012 Lon­don Games in a sep­a­rate dop­ing case.

The four medal­ists were among eight new dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions an­nounced in the lat­est round of an ex­ten­sive pro­gram us­ing new tests to re-an­a­lyze sam­ples stored since the Bei­jing and Lon­don Olympics.

They Chi­nese women los­ing medals were: Cao Lei in the 75-kilo­gram class; Chen Xiexia at 48kg; and Liu Chun­honog at 69kg. Liu also was the 2004 Athens Olympics cham­pion in her weight class, and Cao and Chen were world cham­pi­ons in 2007.

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