Nigerian teen fails drugs test

7:11 pm on 30 July 2014

Nigeria teenager Chika Amalaha, at 16 the youngest female weightlifter to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal, has failed a doping test, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has confirmed.

She failed an in-competition test after winning the women's 53-kilo competition on Friday, testing positive for banned diuretics and masking agents.

Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Games, CGF chief executive Mike Hooper saying in a statement that the athlete's A sample was found to contain both amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents under class s5 of WADA's prohibited list.

Amalaha will have her B sample tested, which will take place at the accredited laboratory in London on July the 30th.

Amalaha was Nigeria's first gold medal winner in Glasgow, equalling the Games snatch record of 82kg with her first attempt before reaching 85 kilos on her third.

Her combined total of 196 kilos was also a Games record, and according to the International Weightlifting Federation, she is the youngest women to win a weightlifting title in Games history.