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American who finished sixth set for bronze medal

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U.S. high jumper Chaunte Lowe is one step closer to receiving a bronze medal from the 2008 Olympics, even though she originally finished sixth in Beijing.

Original bronze medalist Anna Chicherova of Russia, who was retroactively disqualified last October for failing a retest of a 2008 doping sample for an anabolic steroid, had her appeal of the DQ dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In all, doping samples from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers (two Russians and a Ukrainian) all came back positive for the banned steroid turinabol in results announced last year.

Chicherova’s bronze medal has been stripped but has not yet been reallocated by the International Olympic Committee.

Chicherova also won the 2012 Olympic title, a gold medal that is not affected by her 2008 doping.

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Shalane Flanagan gets Olympic silver medal, 9 years later

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Shalane Flanagan received an Olympic silver medal on Monday — nine years overdue. She does not want a makeup medal ceremony.

The U.S. runner was upgraded from bronze to silver from the Beijing 2008 10,000m, the delivery to her Oregon home coming Monday.

That happened five months after it was announced that the original silver medalist — Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse — tested positive for a banned steroid in a retest of a 2007 doping sample.

“Receiving my proper medal and having the record books changed is a dream come true,” Flanagan said in a USA Track and Field press release. “I greatly appreciate the USOC’s efforts to host a more formal medal ceremony in my honor, but with my coach and my family, I have decided to forego that option and instead celebrate in private. This news, and receiving my medal, are all that I need to feel incredibly fulfilled and happy.”

USATF added that Flanagan’s bronze medal was already returned to the International Olympic Committee. Kenyan Linet Masai, the original fourth-place finisher, figures to receive it.

Abeylegesse is one of a number of track and field athletes who received retroactive bans and were stripped of medals in recent retests of doping samples from five to 10 years ago.

But not all of the stripped medals have been reallocated. Many world championships medals were re-presented in ceremonies at the recently completed track worlds in London, but zero Olympic medal reallocations were made.

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Another Russian medal from 2008 Olympics stripped

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Russia has been stripped of an eighth women’s track and field medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after heptathlete Tatyana Chernova lost her bronze Monday.

A retest of one of Chernova’s doping samples from 2008 came up positive for the banned anabolic steroid turinabol, a common find among the recent string of Russian positive retests.

Chernova was previously stripped of her other two global championship medals — 2011 World gold and 2012 Olympic bronze — after retesting of stored samples.

She was originally fourth in the 2008 Olympic heptathlon but was upgraded to bronze in 2008 when original silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine was stripped for failing a drug test.

Great Britain’s Kelly Sotherton, the original fifth-place finisher in Beijing, is in line to be upgraded to bronze.

Russia originally won 11 women’s track and field medals in Beijing.

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