The Greek athlete tested positive after sample reanalysis and has had two years of results disqualified, including when her 2008 Olympic and 2007 world bronze medals were won
Retired Greek triple jumper Hrysopiyi Devetzi is set to lose both her 2007 world and 2008 Olympic bronze medals after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed a two-year disqualification of results as well as a four-year ban following a positive test after sample reanalysis.
The sport’s world governing body said the 40-year-old returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for the banned steroid stanozolol, with her results from August 31, 2007, to August 30, 2009, to be disqualified. Devetzi is also banned until November 10, 2019, although she has already retired from competitive action.
As well as her Olympic and world bronze medals, Devetzi also claimed Olympic silver in 2004. She was handed a two-year ban in 2009 after failing to give a drug-test sample.
Devetzi’s Adverse Analytical Finding was confirmed on the IAAF’s latest list of athletes currently suspended from competition following anti-doping rule violations.
Also among those listed are Russian athletes Ildar Minshin and Irina Timofeeva, who are both banned for two years following athlete biological passport cases.
The eight-year ban of Italy’s 2008 Olympic 50km race walk champion Alex Schwazer has also been confirmed by the IAAF.
Meanwhile, US sprinter Trell Kimmons has accepted a two-year sanction after testing positive for banned substance 1,3-dimethylbutylamine, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced.
USADA said that during its investigation it was determined that the athlete ingested the prohibited substance through a supplement. Kimmons’ period of ineligibility began on April 14, 2016, the date he accepted a provisional suspension.