14 Jul 2016

Weightlifter must return Olympic bronze

6:57 am on 14 July 2016

Ukrainian weightlifter Yulia Kalina has been stripped of the bronze medal she won at the 2012 London Olympics after a re-analysis of her samples from the time tested positive for a steroid.

London Olympic bronze medal

London Olympic bronze medal. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 27-year-old, who placed third in the 58-kilogram weightlifting event, was to found to have been using the anabolic steroid Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone at the time, the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

Dozens of athletes from the former Soviet Union have tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs in recent months, leading to a ban preventing most Russian athletes from competing in the upcoming Summer Games in Rio.