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Belarus hammer medalists fail dope test

Belarusian athletes Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, silver and bronze medalists respectively in the men's hammer throw at the Beijing Olympics, are reported to have failed dope test.

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Belarus' Olympic silver and bronze hammer medalists Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan have failed dope tests, the Russian news agency Allsport reported.

The agency's report quoted a source "linked to world doping agency WADA" who said the A samples that were given by the athletes for testing after the final on August 17 in Beijing showed the presence of the banned substance testosterone.

The 31-year-old Devyatovskiy, who already served a two-year ban for a doping offence in 2000-2002, would face a lifetime ban if his B sample also returns a positive test.

Tsikhan, 32 and a three-time world champion, has never previously failed a dope test.

Should they be stripped of their medals - a competition won by Slovenia's Primoz Kozmus - then Krisztian Pars of Hungary and Japan's 2004 Olympic champion Koji Murofushi would receive the silver and bronze respectively.

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