Russian runner, Hungarians fail tests
ATHENS, Greece -- Russian 400-meter runner Anton Galkin was expelled from the Summer Games on Friday after testing positive for steroids, the country's senior Olympic official said.
Galkin tested positive for stanozolol after his Aug. 21 race in the 400 semifinals, IOC vice president Vitaly Smirnov said. Galkin finished fourth in the race and did not make the finals.
The International Olympic Committee executive board disqualified him and revoked his accreditation, Smirnov said.
Galkin is the 20th athlete of the Athens Games caught for a doping violation, a record high, and the third Russian to test positive.
The list of other doping-related cases at the Games:
A record-setting Hungarian weightlifter was in danger of losing his silver medal Friday because he failed a drug test, a national Olympic committee spokesman said.
The IOC scheduled a disciplinary hearing later Friday for Ferenc Gyurkovics, who won his medal Tuesday night in the 231-pound (105 kg) class.
Gyurkovics failed his drug test, and the Hungarian Olympic Committee planned to ask the IOC to have his backup sample tested by an independent laboratory, spokesman Dezso Vad said.
Gyurkovics set an Olympic record by lifting 429 pounds (195 kg) in the snatch on Tuesday, but wound up finishing second to Dmitri Berestov of Russia in the overall totals.
Four medals already have been overturned at the Athens Games for doping violations.
In addition, Hungarian hammer throw champion Adrian Annus was in danger of losing his gold medal after a doping official reported that he failed to show up for a drug test on Friday.
The International Olympic Committee located Annus in Hungary and ordered him to provide another urine sample. Annus passed a drug test after winning the hammer throw on Sunday, but doping control officials want to verify the results.
The IOC wants to know whether he provided his own urine for the test or tried to beat the screening system, as teammate and discus gold medalist Robert Fazekas allegedly did.
Fazekas was stripped of his medal after Olympic authorities said he failed to provide enough urine for drug test. Doping control officials suspected that Fazekas may have tried to beat the test by using a catheter to inject "clean'' urine into his bladder -- a method used by some athletes in the past.
Fazekas has denied the charges.
Annus failed to show up Friday at an assigned location to give another urine sample, Karl-Heinz Demel of the Austrian Anti-Doping Committee told the Austrian news agency APA. Demel was ordered to supervise the test.
Hungarian Olympic officials expect him to lose his medal as a result.
"I presume if he fails to comply with all the rules and regulations of the doping code, the medal will be withdrawn,'' said Pal Schmitt, head of the Hungarian Olympic committee.
Annus retired on Thursday, but remains under the jurisdiction of IOC doping rules through Sunday, when the games conclude. If found guilty of a doping offense by then, he would also lose his medal.
IOC president Jacques Rogge said Friday that Annus will be subjected to out-of-competition testing. Without specifically referring to him, Rogge said the IOC can use DNA tests to match urine samples.
"This is something we have in our weaponry. We didn't need it at this stage, but we have it and it might be used in the future,'' he said.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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