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Latest update : 2008-08-21

Ukrainian Olympic heptathlon silver medalist Liudmyla Blonska has failed a drug test, claimed the sports daily L'Equipe's website on Wednesday. Blonska's doping case is the fifth one of the Games.

 

Ukraine's Olympic heptathlon silver medallist Liudmyla Blonska has tested positive for steroids, the L'Equipe sports daily website claimed on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old, who also reached the long jump final on Tuesday, had already served a previous ban for testing positive in 2003 for stanozolol, the anabolic steroid used by the disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson.

Blonska was labelled a cheat by British number one heptathlete Kelly Sotherton after taking silver in the world championships last year.

Sotherton, who took bronze in that tournament, questioned the validity of her world championship medal in an event won comfortably by Sweden's Carolina Kluft.

"I think you can see by the reactions from the other athletes that we are not interested when she is there, we don't support cheats," said Sotherton at the time.

"She has cheated once, who says she is not cheating again?" she added.

"It tarnishes our event and we don't support it in our event, that's why she does not get the support.

"We would rather see Kluft win because we support her, we know that she is clean and we want her to win as we will always support the clean athletes.

"I don't know if I feel cheated, we will find out in a few months. Hopefully she is clean, but you want to beat people who are dirty to prove that it is not worth cheating anyway."

The executive board of the IOC have stripped Blonska of her medal, awarding the silver to American Hyleas Fountain while Tatiana Chernova of Russia receives the bronze.

Blonska's case is the fifth of the Games.

Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno tested positive for EPO, North Korean shooting medalist Kim-Jong-Su (betablockers), Vietnamese gymnast Do Thi Ngan Thuong (diuretic) while Greece's rarely seen 2004 Olympic 400 metres champion Fani Halkia, tested positive for steroids at a training camp.
 

Date created : 2008-08-20

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