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Belarusian hammer throwers stripped of medals

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TSN.ca Staff
12/11/2008 9:56:56 AM
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Two Belarusian hammer throwers have been stripped of silver and bronze medals they won at the Beijing Olympics for doping.

Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan tested positive for abnormal levels of testosterone after finishing second and third in the Aug. 17 hammer final at the Bird's Nest stadium.

The silver now goes to Krisztian Pars of Hungary and the bronze to Koji Murofushi of Japan. Slovenia's Primoz Kozmus won the gold medal.

"This isn't a final verdict," Tsikhan told reporters. "Without a doubt we will be appealing."

Devyatovskiy faces a lifetime ban from the sport because this is his second doping offense while it was the first violation for Tsikhan, a three-time world champion and silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The Belarusians denied drug use and appeared at a hearing before the International Olympic Committee's disciplinary commission in Lausanne in September.

The IOC also disqualified Polish canoeist Adam Seroczynski, who tested positive for the steroid clenbuterol in Beijing after finishing fourth in the K2 event.

The three cases bring to nine the number of athletes caught for doping in Beijing, six of whom were disqualified during the Aug. 8-24 Olympics.

Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan  (Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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