: AP: IOC strips 2012 bronze medal from Ukrainian weightlifter

10:54 Jul. 14, 2016

AP: IOC strips 2012 bronze medal from Ukrainian weightlifter

Ukrainian weightlifter Yulia Kalina shows her bronze Olympic medal (UNIAN photo)

Yulia Kalina loses her London 2012 bronze medal in women's 58kg class

A Ukrainian weightlifter was stripped of her bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday, the first athlete formally disqualified by the IOC after the retesting of doping samples from the past two Summer Games.

Yulia Kalina, who finished third in the 58-kilogram division in London, tested positive for the steroid turinabol in reanalysis of her stored samples and was retroactively disqualified from the games, the International Olympic Committee said.

A three-man disciplinary panel stripped her of the medal and ordered her to return it.

The IOC asked the international weightlifting federation to revise the results and consider any further sanctions against Kalina, who could face a two-year ban.

The IOC recorded 55 positive results - 32 from Beijing and 23 from London - in the retesting program, which used enhanced techniques to catch cheats who escaped detection at the time. The Russian Olympic Committee has said 22 of the cases involved Russian athletes, including medalists.

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