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Four Olympians lose medals for steroid use at Athens

Four Olympians lose medals: Four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to return their medals won in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.  The retroactive tests bring the number of Athens Olympians to lose medals to 31, including 11 medal winners and three gold medalists.


The Athens' Olympic stadium where Olympians competed in 2004. Four more Olympians have been stripped of their medals due to steroid use.

(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

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Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests.

Lance Armstrong, meanwhile, can hold onto his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games for a little while longer.

The International Olympic Committee executive board disqualified four athletes whose Athens doping samples were retested earlier this year and came back positive for steroids, including shot put gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine.

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Also stripped were hammer throw silver medalist Ivan Tskikhan of Belarus and two bronze medalists — women's shot putter Svetlana Krivelyova of Russia and discus thrower Irina Yatchenko of Belarus.

The case of a fifth bronze medalist, weightlifter Oleg Perepechenov of Russia, remains pending.

"Athletes who cheat by using doping substances must understand that just because they get away with it one day, there is a very good chance that they will be caught in the future," WADA President John Fahey said in a statement. "The retesting and subsequent decisions of the IOC are proof of that."


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