Olympic champion Chicherova stripped of Beijing bronze


High jumper Anna Chicherova has been stripped of the bronze medal she won at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing following re-analysis of her samples.

The Russian, who won gold at London 2012, finished third behind Tia Hellebaut and Blanka Vlasic eight years ago, with compatriot Yelena Slesarenko in fourth.

However, Chicherova has now been found to have had banned substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) in her system at the time and has been ordered to return her medal.

A statement from the International Olympic Committee read: "The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games."