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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.


Danny Boyle pays tribute to 'gentle' Olympic stuntman

Danny Boyle has said the reports of Mark Sutton's death in Switzerland was "such sad news". Credit: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

The mastermind of last year's Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, has paid tribute to the event's James Bond stuntman Mark Sutton as a "gentle and thoughtful" man following his reported death in a wingsuit flying accident.

Mr Boyle told the Evening Standard: "The show was built from so many contributions from so many people, none finer and braver than Mark Sutton's.

"On behalf of everyone in the show we were all honoured to have him worked with him and to have known him as a friend and a professional."

He added that Mr Sutton's death would be a "huge loss to his profession" and said "all our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues".


Mitt Romney plans to visit London 2012

In an interview this morning with Columbus OH radio station WTVN Mitt Romney says he plans on visiting London this summer for "the first day or two" of the Summer Olympics.

Asked about his plans, Romney said: "I certainly plan on going over to London and being there for the first day or two of the events. Ever since the games in Salt Lake City in 2002 the Olympics is a big part of my life and I would love to be there and see the kick-off of their games."

Four charged over Olympic site protest

Four people have been charged with public order offences after Scotland Yard officers evicted protesters opposed to the building of an Olympic basketball training facility.

Three men and a woman were arrested on Tuesday morning as police removed up to 30 people blocking access to the site on Leyton Marsh, east London.

Police and bailiffs arrived on the site after a High Court official last week granted a possession order to the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said Simon Carleton, 29, Daniel Ashman, 27, Anita Olivacce, 25 and Connor Murray, 24, are each accused of breaching the Public Order Act.

They have been remanded in custody and will appear at Thames Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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