Rio 2016: Russia stripped of Beijing 4x100m title

Russia have been stripped of the 4×100 metre relay title they won at Beijing 2008 after a re-analysis of Yulia Chermoshanskaya’s stored samples resulted in a positive test for banned substances.

Chermoshanskaya competed in the 200m and the relay in Beijing, helping Russia to gold in the latter event, but has now been retroactively disqualified from both races.

The re-analysis of Chermoshanskaya’s samples saw her test positive for anabolic steroids stanozolol and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

As a consequence, the 30-year-old and team-mates Yuliya Gushchina, Aleksandra Fedoriva and Yevgeniya Polyakova have all been disqualified and ordered to return their medals from the relay victory.

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