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2 Russian Olympic weightlifting medalists fail doping tests

Russian state news agency Tass says the “B” samples of two Russian women’s weightlifting medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics have come back positive for steroids.

Marina Shainova, who won silver in the 58-kilogram class, and Nadezhda Evstyukhina, bronze medalist in the 75-kg division, were among 10 Russian medalists from Beijing who reportedly tested positive last month in IOC reanalysis of their stored samples.

Shainova’s coach, Vladimir Shainov, tells Tass that the two lifters have now also tested positive for turinabol in their “B” samples.

Once a “B” sample confirms the original positive finding, the IOC can open a formal doping case. The two could be stripped of their medals.

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