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Russia stripped of Olympic 4x400m relay medal

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia has been stripped of an Olympic silver medal from the women’s 4×400-meter relay at the 2012 London Games for doping.

Antonina Krivoshapka tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol in reanalysis of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday.

Russia previously lost its women’s 4×400 silver from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a separate doping case.

The IOC has yet to decide if medals will be reallocated. Jamaica was third in the London relay, which was won by the United States. Ukraine was fourth.

The IOC also disqualified Krivoshapka from her sixth-place finish in the individual 400m in London.

Krivoshapka now faces being banned by the IAAF, a move that could threaten her relay gold and individual bronze from the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. The U.S. was second in the 4x400m relay and could be in line for gold.

The 29-year-old Krivoshapka has won an array of medals at worlds, European outdoor and European indoor championships.

She became the 17th London medalist caught in an IOC program of re-analyzing samples using a newer test which traces use of steroids going back weeks instead of days.

The IOC announced two more doping cases Wednesday, lifting the London total to 40 athletes caught, including 13 from Russia.

Russian discus thrower Vera Ganeeva and Turkish boxer Adem Kilicci also tested positive for turinabol, the IOC said. Ganeeva placed 23rd and Kilicci was fifth in the middleweight class.

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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