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GB ace awarded Olympic bronze after rival caught doping

 

By Matt Slater

Great Britain's Kelly Sotherton is set to be upgraded to her third Olympic bronze medal. The development comes as a result of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) disqualifying Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova for testing positive for a steroid at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Chernova's positive is only the latest in a long line from the IOC's re-analysis of stored anti-doping samples from the 2008 and 2012 Games.

Sotherton, who won a surprise bronze medal in the heptathlon at the 2004 Games, has already been upgraded to a bronze in the 4x400m relay in Beijing thanks to the belated disqualification of the teams from Belarus and Russia.

She also finished fifth in the heptathlon in 2008 but has now climbed to third after the previously announced doping ban of Ukraine's Lyudmila Blonska and now Chernova.

The 40-year-old from the Isle of Wight retired in 2012 having won medals at Commonwealth, European, Olympic and world level, indoors and outdoors.

Chernova, 29, was not the only Russian sanctioned by the IOC yesterday as 400m runner Maksim Dyldin was disqualified from the 2012 Games in London, for testing positive for the same anabolic steroid.

The 29-year-old finished 17th in the individual event and helped Russia come fifth in the relay, but both he and the team now lose those results.

In total, the IOC has now caught 111 athletes in three recent waves of re-testing from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Russia accounts for 37 of those, with Belarus second on 16, Kazakhstan 12 and Ukraine 11.

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