London 2012 Olympics: Ostapchuk stripped of gold medal after positive test

Belarusian shot putter tests positive for banned substance and is set to serve a doping suspension

Posted on August 13, 2012 by
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Nadezhda Ostapchuk (Mark Shearman)

Nadzeya Ostapchuk, the Belarusian athlete who won the women’s shot title at the London 2012 Olympics, has tested positive for a banned substance and will have her gold medal taken away from her.

Ostapchuk, 31, put together her best ever series at a major championships to defeat world champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand. With four throws over 21 metres, Ostapchuk’s 21.36m was the best winning mark at the Olympics since 1988.

But the IOC today announced that Ostapchuk had given a urine sample the day before the final and one after the final. Both samples showed traces of the banned substance metenolone, an anabolic steroid.

It means that Adams will move into the gold medal position, her second Olympic title following her victory in Beijing four years prior. Russia’s Yevgeniya Kolodko is promoted to the silver, while Gong Lijiao of China will get the bronze.

Ostapchuk has long been one of the world’s top shot putters. A former world junior and European junior champion, Ostapchuk won the world title in 2005 and the European title in 2010.

Although she had often been beaten by Adams at major championships in recent years, Ostapchuk had been in better form this season with a string of 21-metre throws and an outdoor national record of 21.58m. In 2010 she set an absolute PB of 21.70m.

8 Responses to “London 2012 Olympics: Ostapchuk stripped of gold medal after positive test”

  1. Ray Eaton says:

    Such a shame for Valerie Adams. I'm glad she will rightfully be getting a well-deserved gold medal. But it is such a pity that she was robbed of the experience of standing on top of the podium, in the company of 80,000 athletics enthusiasts.

  2. Kevin O'Neill says:

    This is both good and bad news. Good because it shows that cheats are being caught; bad because it shows that there are determined cheats still out there. Even after being banned previously, this totally amoral woman did not see the error of her ways, but was determined to win at all costs. I hope the national authorities come down on her like a ton of bricks. Ray is right to point out the terrible disappointment which must be felt by Adams who was blatantly robbed of sport's ultimate experience.

  3. Chris says:

    Thats put a real downer on the track and field from London and I truely hope that there are no more nasty surprises. Shame for Adams that she never got her gold medal moment at this Olympics (know she won before).

  4. alex_800 says:

    The Olympics aren't over. What about holding a special medal ceremony for Valerie Adams at the Paralympics?

    • Richie Jenkins says:

      I think thats a great idea, come on IAAF get it done, Adams should not miss out on the medal being presented in front of a massive crowd.

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