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Russian athlete stripped of 2012 Olympic gold medal

Yuliya Zaripova celebrates winning the 3000 metre steeplechase in 2012 Credit: Reuters

A Russian athlete has been stripped of the gold medal she won at the London 2012 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said.

Yuliya Zaripova, who came first in the women's 3,000 metre steeplechase at the Olympics four years ago, tested positive for turinabol.

She was among 12 athletes - including seven medallists - who have been disqualified from their events following a retesting of samples, the IOC said.


IOC panel will have final say over Russian athletes

Russian athletes need to be cleared to participate in the Rio Games Credit: Reuters

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel of three will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Olympic Games.

The panel will review all decisions made by international federations, the IOC said Saturday.

Earlier this month the IOC set criteria for Russians to compete in Rio after the sporting world was rocked by revelations of state-backed doping in the country.

More than 250 Russian athletes have so far been cleared to compete in this year's games, which start next week.

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