Russian runner, Hungarians fail tests

Updated: August 28, 2004, 8:18 AM ET
Associated Press

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:

  • Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis was the first athlete in Athens stripped of a medal because of a doping offense. Sampanis lost his bronze from the 62-kilogram class.

  • Russian shot putter Irina Korzhanenko tested positive for steroids after she won the gold and was stripped of her medal.

  • Hungary's Robert Fazekas lost his gold medal in discus for allegedly tampering with a doping test.

  • Ukrainian rower Olena Olefirenko tested positive for a banned stimulant, costing her four-woman crew the bronze medal in lightweight sculls.

  • Weightlifter Zoltan Kovacs of Hungary, who finished last in the 105-kilogram class, was banished from the games for failing to provide a urine sample. He was the 10th weightlifter punished at the games for doping.

  • Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou pulled out of the games while the IOC was investigating their missed doping tests.

  • Belarusian high jumper Aleksey Lesnichyi was kicked out of the games after testing positive for the steroid clenbuterol.

  • Kenyan boxer David Munyasia was barred by the IOC after testing positive for a banned stimulant in an out-of-competition test.

  • Weightlifters Wafa Ammouri of Morocco, Zoltan Kecskes of Hungary, Viktor Chislean of Moldova, Pratima Kumari Na of India and Sule Sahbaz of Turkey were suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation for failing drug tests taken before the Athens Games.

  • Weightlifter Albina Khomich of Russia failed an IWF pre-competition doping test and was disqualified from the 75-kg competition.

  • Weightlifter Myanmar's Nan Aye Khine was stripped of her fourth-place finish at 48 kg after testing positive for steroids in an IOC test.

  • Weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu of India was stripped of her fourth-place finish in the 53-kg class after testing positive for a banned diuretic that can be used as a masking agent.

  • Four days before the start of the games, two Greek baseball players, a Swiss cyclist, a Spanish canoe team member and an Irish distance runner were banned because of doping.

  • American sprinter Torri Edwards had her two-year drug suspension upheld by an arbitration panel during the games. She tested positive for a stimulant at an April meet.

    Hungarian athletes involved in two more cases

    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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