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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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Tatyana Chernova loses 2011 World title won over Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova must forfeit her 2011 World Championships gold medal and her 2012 Olympic bronze medal for a blood doping violation, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Chernova, previously banned by Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency from 2013 to 2015 for a failed retest of a 2009 sample for an anabolic steroid, was given a further three-year, eight-month ban by the court Tuesday. The previous two-year ban will be deducted from the new ban that’s backdated to Feb. 5, 2016.

Additionally, all of Chernova’s results from Aug. 15, 2011, to July 22, 2013, are annulled, a stretch that includes her medals at the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympics. Under Chernova’s previous penalties, all of her results from Aug. 15, 2009, to Aug. 14, 2011, were annulled, a sanction period ending just before the 2011 Worlds.

There are no records of the 28-year-old Chernova competing since 2013, according to the IAAF and Tilastopaja.org databases.

At the 2011 World Championships, Chernova beat Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill by 129 points. In April 2015, Ennis-Hill reportedly said she felt she deserved the gold medal because of Chernova’s doping.

“Frustration isn’t a strong enough word,” Ennis-Hill said then, according to the Telegraph. “You train hard for all those years and then people do things like that. It doesn’t seem like she has served a ban. I’m not happy about how the ban has been handled. I can’t really understand it myself.”

Ennis-Hill stands to add the 2011 World title to her golds in 2009 and 2015. She would match Swede Carolina Kluft for the most world heptathlon titles.

Germany’s Jennifer Oeser would be upgraded to 2011 Worlds silver, with Poland’s Karolina Tymińska potentially getting the bronze medal.

In the 2012 Olympic heptathlon, Lithuania’s Austra Skujytė could be upgraded to bronze.

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Russia track and field federation says no past dopers on Rio Olympic team

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If it is eligible for the Rio Olympics, Russia’s track and field federation (ARAF) said Tuesday it will not send any athletes convicted of doping in previous years to the Games.

The move was made as Russia’s track and field federation hopes to be reinstated to international competition on June 17 after it was suspended indefinitely in November for doping violations.

“The ARAF presidium has introduced amendments to the criteria of selecting athletes who will go to the Olympics,” a statement read Tuesday, according to a Russian news agency TASS translation. “The list of requirements now contains a special clause saying that any potential participant in the Olympics who proved to have used doping in the previous years cannot be a member of the Russian national team. The ARAF made this harsh decision for the sole purpose of doing its utmost to let clean athletes participate in the Olympics.”

The statement came after Russia media reported 11 Russian track and field athletes from the 2008 Beijing Games, including eight medalists, are among 31 athletes from 12 nations across six sports whose 2008 doping samples retested recently came up positive.

London Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova is on that list of 11 athletes.

Another notable Russian, 2011 World heptathlon champion Tatyana Chernova, served a doping ban from 2013 to 2015 due to a failed drug test from a 2013 retest of a 2009 sample.

Chernova earned heptathlon bronze at the last two Olympics and was a top rival to British Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

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