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Monday 01, Jun 2015

  Gatlin Rejects ‘Ridiculous’ Claims About Effects Of Steroids

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Gatlin Rejects ‘Ridiculous’ Claims About Effects Of Steroids

American sprinter Justin Gatlin has dismissed suggestions that he is still reaping benefits of anabolic androgenic steroids nearly a decade after taking them.

Gatlin recently clocked 19.68 seconds to win the 200m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. He was questioned for running the fastest times at age of 33.

Gatlin was responding to a question from a journalist who asked about a study on mice that revealed doping effects could still be felt long after exposure. The sprinter said he is not sure why people would match a laboratory mouse to a human being and added he believes this is ridiculous and unfathomable to him. Let’s Run journalist Weldon Johnson asked Gatlin how he could assure people that he is running clean now to which the sprinter responded there is no commentary and he had already said whatever he had to say.

Gatlin, a two-time convicted drugs cheat, was banned for two years from international competition in 2001 after he tested positive for amphetamines. The Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meters was banned in 2006 for four years after he tested positive for testosterone. Gatlin vehemently denied steroid allegations and claimed that a masseur rubbed a cream that contained the banned substance on his back, a claim that is refuted by the masseur.

He agreed to an eight-year ban on August 22, 2006 to avoid a lifetime ban in exchange and the United States Anti-Doping Agency surprisingly reduced his suspension because of the “exceptional circumstances” surrounding his drug test of 2001 and cooperation with the doping authorities.

Last summer, Gatlin ran the fastest 100m and 200m times by a man in his thirties. In Brussels last year, the American sprinter pulled off the fastest ever one-day sprint double when he clocked 9.77 seconds for the 100m an hour before running the 200m in 19.71. In Monaco, he had run 19.68 for the 200m.

Dai Greene, Britain’s 2011 400m hurdles world champion, remarked in 2014 that the recent success of Gatlin shows that either he is still taking performance-enhancing drugs to get the best out of him at his advanced age, or the ones he did take are still doing a fantastic job as there is no way he can still be running that well at this late point in his career. Greene remarked that 9.77 is an incredibly fast time after having years on the sidelines, being unable to train or compete, it doesn’t really add up.

Many athletes opposed nomination of Gatlin for the IAAF’s athlete of the year 2014 shortlist. Robert Harting, another nominee and Germany’s Olympic, world and European discus champion, asked for Gatlin’s name to be removed from the list in protest. Briton Darren Campbell, a former European 100m champion, also opposed the name of Gatlin and then remarked that if you did it artificially, you don’t know how you did it. In 2014, French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and Valerie Adams, shot putter from New Zealand, were crowned the male and female World Athletes of the Year.

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Friday 11, Apr 2014

  Adams Expected Life Ban For Ostapchuk

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Adams Expected Life Ban For Ostapchuk

Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams is disappointed to learn that her former rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus has received a doping ban of just four years and not a life ban, Valerie’s manager said.

Ostapchuk received a retrospective ban that ends on August 14, 2016, for testing positive for the banned steroid Metenolone after she beat Valerie for gold at the London Games in 2012. Ostapchuk was stripped of the London Olympics and 2005 World Championships gold medals.

Test samples provided by Ostapchuk at the 2005 World Athletics Championships also found traces of the anabolic steroids, Formestane and 4-hydroxytestosterone. Adams’ manager Nick Cowan said they believe the Belarusian should have been given a life ban for a second offence. The ban imposed on the Belarusian will virtually rule her out of the 2016 Olympics with the suspension coming to an end during the athletics competition in Rio.

Cowan told Radio New Zealand that our understanding is that Ostapchuk has tested positive twice for drugs and added you would normally expect that you could face a life ban. Cowan also remarked we to be honest were expecting for it to be a bit heftier than four years but it is what it is. Adams’ manager also remarked they were not made aware of the process or reasoning and learnt about the ban after the name of Ostapchuk appeared on the latest list of banned athletes issued by the world governing body International Association of Athletics Federations.

Athletics New Zealand expressed their surprise at the length of the ban imposed on Ostapchuk and said they would need to review the decision. In a statement, chairperson Annette Purvis said whilst Athletics New Zealand is not comfortable with a ban of only four years for two doping breaches, we need to understand the full decision and all aspects that relate to the decision and the four year ban. Purvis added our staff have been in contact with Valerie and her management, and remain in close communication with them on this issue. The ANZ chairperson said Athletics New Zealand expects to offer further comment once the sanction had been examined in more detail.

Valerie Kasanita Adams is a four-time World champion, three-time World Indoor champion, and a two-time Olympic and Commonwealth champion. Valerie recently won her third world indoor championship gold medal after coming back from ankle and knee surgery. The 29-year-old extended her winning sequence to 44 consecutive victories with a winning throw of 20.67m. She won the world indoor crown in Valencia in 2008 and Istanbul in 2012 and was the silver medalist in Doha in 2010. The four-time world outdoor champion produced her best effort of 20.67m at the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot, Poland to complete one of the most consistent series of her glittering career.

Ostapchuk can compete again after completing her ban and reinstatement requirements prescribed by the International Association of Athletics Federations, which include the return of medals, repayment of any prize money, and passing four drug tests.

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Saturday 18, Aug 2012

  Nadzeya Ostapchuk Tests Positive For Doping

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Nadzeya Ostapchuk DopingNadzeya Ostapchuk, a former world champion from Belarus, has tested positive for anabolic steroids just hours after the close of the London Olympics.

With the disqualification, the gold medal was awarded to Valerie Adams of New Zealand who became an Olympic champion for the second time in a row. The International Olympic Committee said the female shot putter from Belarus tested positive for anabolic steroids both before and after winning the shot put last week for her first Olympic gold.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk was disqualified from the Women’s Shot Put event, where she had placed first and her Olympic identity and accreditation card was immediately cancelled and withdrawn. The second and third places were awarded to Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko and Lijiao Gong of People’s Republic of China.

Ostapchuk was asked to provide a urine sample on 5 August 2012 for a doping control in London and was then asked to provide a urine sample after her gold medal on 6 August 2012. The sample indicated the presence of metenolone and its metabolite, which are classified as anabolic agents (S1) under the 2012 Prohibited List. The analytical report of the A sample of the second sample’s laboratory analysis indicated the presence of metenolone, classified as anabolic agents (S1) under the 2012 Prohibited List.

 Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk stripped of Olympic gold medal for doping – Video

Metenolone tends to “masculinize” women and can increase women’s bulk and body hair while shrinking their breasts and womb, New Zealand anti-doping chief Jane Kernohan said.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said that catching drug cheats sends a strong message to all those who dope that we will catch them. The IAAF, Track and field’s governing body, would consider further action against the shot putter from Belarus, who may face a ban of two years from the sport. IOC President Jacques Rogge said that all samples from London can be reanalyzed, results can be revised, and medals can be reallocated until the statute of limitations expires in August 2020.

World champion in 2005, the 31-year-old Ostapchuk recorded the biggest shot put mark in a decade in the lead up to the Olympics to won the gold with a mark of 21.36 meters. Ostapchuk’s positive test is the second Olympic doping scandal for Belarus. Hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan’s samples from the 2004 Athens Olympics were retested and came positive.

The IOC said the Belarus Olympic Committee and national anti-doping agency will investigate and “take the appropriate measures.”

Born on October 28, 1980, Nadzeya Ostapchuk was the bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was the World Indoor and European Champion in 2010. Ostapchuk holds the Championship record for the former event, with her winning throw of 20.85 m in 2010. Her achievements include the 1999 European Athletics Junior Championships and then the 2001 European Athletics U23 Championships and winning two consecutive silver medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Nadzeya Ostapchuk won the 2005 European Athletics Indoor Championships and then became 2005 World Champion. At the 2012 Diamond League in Doha, Ostapchuk reached 20.53 m to win the first leg; she also registered a win at the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing. She had a world-leading throw of 21.58 m immediately before the London Olympics.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk Tests Positive for Doping

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