Lyudmila Blonska steroidsA grim fate may await Ukraine’s heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska. The hepathlete A sample has tested positive for a banned compound anabolic steroid methyltestosterone and could likely bite the dust should the quagmire she’s in turns for the worse.

The test was carried out at 2 a.m. in the morning after her competition. In the stepped-up anti-doping procedure adopted by the International Olympic Committee in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Committee, all top five finishers in the Beijing Olympics will be tested for banned compounds like anabolic steroids.

According to the International Association Athletics Federation, the world governing body for athletics, Blonska’s B sample will be tested later on Wednesday. If her second sample yields the same result, Blonska’s could face a lifetime ban since this, if proven guilty, would make her second infringement.

Under the WADA’s rules an athlete could face a lifetime ban if guilty of violating anti-doping rules for the second time. The 30-year-old Ukrainian had just returned to competition in 2005 after she was exposed and banned for using stanozolol in 2003. The lifetime ban could also mean the loss of the silver medal she recently won in Beijing.

A meeting of IOC chiefs will decide on Blonska’s case.

“This athlete has tested positive. Her B sample will be opened later…. and there will be a hearing…,” IAAF President Lamine Diack told reporters.

“We live in a society where people cheat, doping is never in the past. We can’t lower our guard,” Diack said.

When interviewed after her second-place finish on Saturday, Blonska’s shrugged off comments relating to athletes being banned from the Olympics if they have tainted doping records.
“That is all in the past… I made a mistake, but I returned,” Blonska said on Saturday. “Those who say I should be banned should look in the mirror.”

One of her detractors is British athlete Kelly Sotherton who competed against Blonska and finished fifth. “I’m pleased her teammate beat her,” Sotherton said last Saturday. “That makes it bittersweet. I’d have been really upset if she’d won gold. The penalty you should pay if you take drugs is not to compete at the Olympics.”

Blonska’s fellow Ukrainian Nataliaa Dobrysnska took the gold while American Hyleas Fountain won the bronze. Russia’s Tatiana Chernova finished fourth and, if Blonska is disqualified, Chernova would move up from fourth to the bronze.