IAAF announces that the Russian runner has tested positive for a banned substance from her sample taken at the World Championships in Helsinki

Tatyana Andrianova is set to be stripped of her world 800m bronze medal after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed that the Russian runner has tested positive for banned substance Stanozolol from a sample taken at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005.

The date of Andrianova’s infraction was August 9, 2005, said the IAAF, and she has been handed a two-year suspension from September 22, 2015, to September 21, 2017, with disqualification of results from August 9, 2005, to August 8, 2007.

On August 9, 2005, Andrianova finished third in the 800m final in Finland.

The IAAF has been reanalysing samples from the Helsinki 2005 and Osaka 2007 world championships using the latest technology and in August the world governing body announced that disciplinary action against 28 athletes had commenced as a result of the retesting.

On Sunday (December 6), the IAAF confirmed that the sanction of Andrianova, which was announced via the IAAF website, had come as a result of an in competition test at the 2005 World Championships in Finland.

“In 2005, the IAAF began a long-term storage and retesting strategy concerning IAAF championships with the storage of anti-doping samples from that year’s IAAF World Championships in Helsinki. This strategy first revealed six adverse findings from Helsinki which were announced in March 2013,” read an IAAF statement.

“Starting in April 2015, the IAAF made a further reanalysis of Helsinki 2005 and Osaka 2007 samples using the latest technology available in the field of anti-doping and taking advantage of the new World Anti-Doping Code’s provision extending from 8 to 10 years the period during which samples can be tested. On 11 August 2015, the IAAF announced that this reanalysis had confirmed 28 athletes with 32 adverse findings.”

The IAAF has not confirmed if Andrianova is among those 28 athletes, or if hers is a separate case.