Arzhakova and Pishchalnikova banned for doping

Two-year ban for middle-distance runner Yelena Arzhakova set to see Britain’s Lynsey Sharp promoted to European gold

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European 800m champion Yelena Arzhakova has been banned for two years as her biological passport shows an “abnormal haemoglobin profile”, Reuters reports the Russian athletics federation have said.

The 23-year-old Russian, whose ban began on January 29, 2013, is to be stripped of all her results from July 12, 2011, meaning she will lose her European title.

This means, as well as being set for promotion to European 800m gold, British runner Lynsey Sharp is also set to move up to European under-23 silver.

Reacting to the news, Sharp tweeted: ”It makes me sick that I was denied the opportunity to do a lap of honour and stand on the top of the podium with my national anthem playing”, using the hashtags #cleansport and #drugcheatsout in a previous tweet.

Reports on Tuesday also confirmed that London 2012 discus silver medallist Darya Pishchalnikova has also received a ban, but for 10 years as she failed a drugs test for the second time.

Re-testing on a sample taken from the Russian athlete in May has come back positive for the anabolic steroid oxandrolone.

The 27-year-old’s results from May 20, 2012, will be annulled, and as a result she is set to lose her Olympic medal from London.

These bans follow the news that Austrian distance runner Susanne Pumper has also received a suspension of eight years for a second doping offence.

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