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You're reading: Belarus’ Ostapchuk stripped of gold medal for doping

LONDON — Shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus became the first athlete to be stripped of a medal at the London Olympics after her gold was withdrawn for doping.

Valerie Adams of New Zealand will now take gold and Evgeniia Kolodko of Russia will get silver. Fourth-place finisher Gong Lijiao of China moves up to bronze.

The
International Olympic Committee said Monday that Ostapchuk tested
positive for the steroid metenolone. She won the shot put exactly a week
earlier.

The IOC says she was tested the day before her competition and again following the event. Both samples were positive.

The
announcement came hours after the flame was extinguished at the closing
ceremony with athletes and officials heading out of London.

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