Yuriy Bilonog, Ivan Tsikhan, Irina Yatchenko and Svetlana Krivelyova disqualified after doping re-tests
Four athletes have been stripped of their Olympic medals eight years after climbing the podium in Athens after further analysis of their samples revealed the use of anabolic steroids.
Ukraine’s gold medal-winning shot-putter Yuriy Bilonog, Russia’s Svetlana Krivelyova and Belarus’s Ivan Tsikhan and Iryna Yatchenko have been ordered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to return their medals.
Bilonog edged out American Adam Nelson with his final throw to take the gold eight years ago. He will lose his medal along with three-time world hammer champion Tsikhan, who will hand back his silver. Tsikhan was also more recently withdrawn from the London Olympic Games by Belarus after the banned substances were found in those samples from Athens.
Shot-putter Krivelyova and discus thrower Yatchenko are to be stripped of their bronze medals, while one pending case involving an unnamed athlete remains.
This further analysis of samples brings the number of Athens doping cases to 31, which includes including 11 medal winners, three of those gold.
The IOC stores samples for eight years after each edition of the Games so they can be re-tested should more sophisticated detection methods become available or new substances be added to the list of banned drugs.
Bilonog and Krivelyova tested positive for oxandrolone, while Tsikhan and Yatchenko tested positive for methandienone.