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Aleksey Lovchev no longer world’s strongest man, has doping ban appeal denied

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Russian Aleksey Lovchev, who was stripped of his 2015 World Championships super heavyweight title and with it the world’s strongest man title, had his four-year doping ban appeal denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Lovchev, 27, tested positive for ipamorelin, a growth hormone releasing peptide, at the 2015 World Championships.

Lovchev, who broke clean-and-jerk and total world records at worlds (264kg and 475kg, respectively), was provisionally suspended in December due to the failed test.

In December, Russia sports minister Vitaly Mutko said the banned growth-hormone substance was in a medicine he had been cleared to use, according to The Associated Press.

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World’s strongest man banned 4 years

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Russian Aleksey Lovchev, the world’s strongest man via his 2015 World Championships super heavyweight title, has been banned four years after failing a drug test at those Worlds in November, according to multiple reports.

Lovchev, 26, plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for sport, citing laboratory error, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Lovchev, who broke clean-and-jerk and total world records at Worlds, was provisionally suspended in December due to the failed drug test.

In December, Russia sports minister Vitaly Mutko had a different explanation for Lovchev’s failed test, saying the banned growth-hormone substance was in a medicine he had been cleared to use, according to The Associated Press.

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World records fall at Weightlifting World Championships

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Article by Dan Levinsohn

Ten world records fell this week at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships, which concluded last night in Houston, shedding light on who will contend for a medal next summer in Rio.

The tournament brought together 609 lifters from a record breaking 98 participating countries, with men competing in eight different weight classes and women in seven.

The athletes didn’t waste any time getting to work rewriting the record books. On the first night of competition in the men’s 56kg division, London gold medalist Om Yun Chol of North Korea lifted a 171kg in the clean and jerk. His previous world record stood at 170kg, set at the 2014 Asian Games.

Though Om claimed his fifth total title at the World Weightlifting Championships with 302kg, he barely took gold over China’s snatch winner and London silver medalist, Wu Jingbiao, who lifted the same total weight. Om ultimately won through body weight tiebreaker. Neither the snatch nor the total lifts were all-time bests.

Some of the other world records included Azerbaijan’s Boyanka Kostova winning 112kg in the snatch and 252kg total in the women’s 58kg division, China’s Deng Wei lifting 146kg in the 63kg category’s clean and jerk, and Russia’s Aleksey Lovchev lifting a 264kg clean and jerk and a 475kg total in the men’s +105kg competition. Snatch world record holder and London gold medalist Behdad Salimi of Iran (+105kg) could not compete in this year’s Championships due to a recent knee injury; he recorded his highest-ever total, 465kg, at the 2014 Asian Games.

Asian countries continued to dominate most fields, with China placing first in six of the 15 total categories and North Korea and Chinese Taipei winning one title each. Overall, Chinese women won 11 gold medals, nine silver, and one bronze, ranking first in the overall medal table. Though China’s men won seven gold medals, three silver, and one bronze, Russia’s men took first place with seven golds, four silvers, and two bronzes.

The United States saw particularly impressive results from its female athletes, who finished 14th overall in the women’s medals. In the 75kg division, Jenny Arthur placed seventh in the clean and jerk with 138kg; she placed eighth in total with 244kg. In the +75kg category, Sarah Robles claimed a 122kg snatch and 157kg clean and jerk for a sixth place total finish of 279kg.

Perhaps the Championship’s most dramatic moment occurred during the women’s 75kg event. North Korea’s Rim Jong-Sim, who previously won gold in the 69kg division at the London Olympics, injured herself during her third snatch attempt (video here). First, she tore the labrum in her left hip. Then, defying doctor’s orders, she injured a stretch muscle and hurt her left knee on three subsequent clean and jerk attempts. She collapsed soon after her lift and was eventually hoisted onto the awards-ceremony podium by her fellow athletes, ultimately finishing second.

NBC Researcher Dylan Howlett contributed to this article from Houston.