Turkish runner Elvan Abeylegesse was today stripped of two Olympic silver medals and one world silver after a re-analysis of an in-competition doping test dating back to 2007.
The Ethiopian-born middle and long-distance runner tested positive on August 25, 2007, after winning silver at the 2007 World Athletics Championships in Osaka. Track and field’s world governing body, the IAAF, said in a statement Wednesday that her results from August 25, 2007, to August 25, 2009, have been removed.
The 34-year-old runner was also retrospectively banned from September 29, 2015, to September 28, 2017.
That means Abeylegesse is set to be stripped not only of that world silver but also the 5000 metre and 10,000 metre silver medals she won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The double distance gold she won at the 2010 European championships in Barcelona still stands.
Abeylegesse’s name was the most prominent among 28 athletes cited in Turkey in 2015 as failing drug tests in re-analysis of samples from both the 2005 and 2007 world championships. She reportedly tested positive for stanozolol, a steroid, but tried unsuccessfully to sue the IAAF for making technical errors in the testing.