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U.S. high jumper Chaunte Lowe wins 2008 Olympic bronze medal

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U.S. high jumper Chaunte Lowe won an Olympic bronze medal, nine years after finishing sixth at her competition.

Lowe’s results from Beijing 2008 was upgraded due to doping from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers.

The medal is being sent from the International Olympic Committee and will be presented to Lowe at a special ceremony, details to be announced, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

“It’s easy to look at this situation and think about all that was lost, but I choose to look forward to all that was gained,” Lowe said in a press release. “In the last nine years, I have met amazing new people, my husband and I have had two additional children, and all three of our kids can now understand the gravity of this moment. I am proud to have represented this country with integrity that withstood the test of time!”

Retests of 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.

Lowe, 33, competed at the last four Olympics. She was fourth in Rio.

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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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Two U.S. track and field athletes in line for Olympic medals after DQs

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Another batch of positive retests from 2008 Olympic doping samples could lead to a pair of Americans being upgraded to bronze medals from the Beijing Games.

Those Americans are high jumper Chaunté Lowe and pole vaulter Derek Miles.

In the women’s high jump, doping samples from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers all came back positive for the banned steroid turinabol.

The third-place finisher was 2012 Olympic champion Anna Chicherova. The fourth-place finisher was 2004 Olympic champion Yelena Slesarenko. Both are from Russia, and both remain Olympic champions.

Lowe finished sixth originally in Beijing.

The International Olympic Committee disqualified the Beijing results of Chicherova, Slesarenko and fifth-place Vita Palamar of Ukraine. It requested track and field’s international governing body, the IAAF, to modify results and take any further action.

In the pole vault, Ukraine’s Denis Yurchenko was stripped of his bronze medal. Miles finished fourth and would be in line to earn the bronze should the medal be reallocated.

“I’d heard they were going back and testing samples of Ukrainian and Russian athletes from eight years ago,” Miles said, according to the (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader. “There was another Ukrainian who’d tested positive recently and he’d been a training partner with Yurchenko.

“The more I think about it, the cool thing about this is what it would mean for the people close to me. A lot of people went through a lot — my wife, my parents, [coach] Lucky Huber, my agents and a bunch of others — with me throughout my career. That will be the fun part now. Maybe we’ll have a little mini-celebration at home.”

In all, the IOC stripped 10 athletes of 2008 Olympic medals across track and field, weightlifting and wrestling on Thursday.

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