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.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost in the French Open first round in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, is improved on clay. He won the Italian Open, the last top-level clay event before the French Open, and is the No. 2 seed ahead of Djokovic.
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