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