9 Nov 2012

Russian discus thrower faces ban

6:34 pm on 9 November 2012

A Russian silver medallist from the London Olympic Games risks being disqualified from athletics for life and stripped of her medal after failing a doping test.

A report says Discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova - already sanctioned in a major probe that led to the disqualification of six other Russians in 2008 - failed the test of a sample taken before the Games.

It said her A-sample had tested negative - allowing her to compete at the Games - but the B-sample which was tested later in a German laboratory showed the presence of a banned steroid.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that traces of an oral anabolic steroid had been detected in Pishchalnikova's B-sample.

Pishchalnikova, 27, finished behind Croatia's Sandra Perkovic and ahead of China's Yanfeng Li in the discus event.

Pishchalnikova had already served a ban for manipulating test samples.