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Wednesday, September 27
Drug cases at Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia -- Known drug cases related to the Summer Olympics. While those listed suffered sanctions, many deny drug use and are appealing:

Disqualified at Games
  • Andreea Raducan, Romania, gymnast: lost all-around gold medal on Tuesday after test found pseudoephedrine, apparently from cold pills. Physician Ioachim Oana banned through 2004 Games.
  • Andris Reinholds, Latvia, rower: tested positive for banned steroid nandrolone, expelled from Olympics on Saturday. Finished ninth in men's single sculls. Blamed Chinese herbal medicine.
  • Izabela Dragneva, Bulgaria, weightlifter: stripped of gold medal at 105 pounds on Friday after test found furosemide, a banned diuretic
  • Sevdalin Minchev, Bulgaria, weightlifter: stripped of bronze medal in the men's 137-pound class on Friday, furosemide.
  • Ivan Ivanov, Bulgaria, weightlifter: loses silver medal in 123 pound class on Sept. 20, furosemide. Won gold medal at 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

    Disqualified in Sydney, pre-competition tests
  • Mihaela Melinte, Romania, hammer throw: world champion tested positive for nandrolone in June, expelled Wednesday.
  • Traian Ciharean and Adrian Mateas, Romania, weightlifting: expelled Sept. 15 for positive tests before competition. Ciharean won bronze medal at Barcelona.
  • Vadim Devyatovsky, Belarus, hammer throw: expelled Sept. 20. Positive test for nandrolone on Sept. 12.
  • Chen Po-pu, Taiwan, weightlifter: tested positive on Aug. 28.
  • Dieter Baumann, German runner: gold medalist in 5,000 meters at Barcelona, suspended on Sept. 18 for 1999 tests for nandrolone. Claims toothpaste was spiked.
  • Alexander Bagach, Ukraine, shot put: 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, suspended Sept. 19 for Feb. 12 steroid test.
  • Simon Kemboi, Kenya, runner: banned Sept. 19 for Sept. 12 nandrolone test.
  • Stian Grimseth, Norway, weightlifting: nandrolone found in Sept. 2 test. Blamed diet supplement.
  • Anoushirvan Nourian, Iran, boxing: pre-competition test found nandrolone.

    Disqualified before reaching Games
  • China cuts 27 athletes from Olympic team early in September, most for positive drug tests.
  • Jan Hruska, Czech cyclist: nandrolone, Sept. 13 during Tour of Spain.
  • Zbynek Vacura, Czech weightlifter: sent home while en route to Sydney. Aug. 9 test showed dehydroepiandrosteron, an anabolic steroid.
  • Robin Lyons, Canada, hammer-throw: norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone, at Canadian Olympic trials in August. Blamed diet supplement.
  • Eric Lamaze, Canada, show jumper: second ban for positive cocaine test.
  • Neil Campbell, Britain, cyclist: tests at World Cup meeting in Turin, Italy, on July 13 and at British Championships on July 29 showed elevated concentrations of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG).
  • Iva Prandzheva, Bulgaria, triple and long jump: banned on Sept. 13 following nandrolone test.
  • Yevgenyia Yermakova, Kazakstan, swimmer: furosemide found at meet in Monte Carlo in May.
  • Chen Jui-lien and Wu Mei-yi, Taiwan, weightlifting: steroids found in March. Chen was a 1999 women's world champion.
  • Tammy Thomas, cyclist: high testosterone level found after April 29 Olympic trial.
  • Linford Christie, Britain, sprinter: 1992 gold medalist at 100 meters banned as coach for nandrolone test in early 1999.
  • Doug Walker, Britain, runner: banned in August for nandrolone test.
  • Dupe Osime, Nigeria, 800-meter runner: dropped from Olympic team after positive test for steroids.
  • Andrea Collinelli, Italy, cyclist: Atlanta gold medalist banned Aug. 30 for July test that found painkiller lidocaine, stimulant fentermine.

    Related cases
  • C.J. Hunter, U.S. shot put: IOC officials say he tested positive for nandrolone during summer. Lost Olympic credential. World champion and husband of U.S. runner Marion Jones, he was not entered for Olympics, citing knee injury. Blames diet supplement.
  • Merlene Ottey, Jamaica, sprinter: banned after positive test for nandrolone in July 1999. Reinstated after finding sample improperly tested and blamed diet supplement. Competed in Sydney but failed to win medal.
  • Mark Richardson, Britain, runner: withdrew in early September while fighting attempt to ban him for nandrolone test.
  • Javier Sotomayor, Cuba, high jumper: tested positive for cocaine at 1999 Pan American Games. Two-year suspension cut to one year on appeal. Won silver medal in Sydney. Denied using cocaine.
  • Sergei Voynov, Uzbekistan, coach: fined $5,500 for trying to bring human growth hormone into Australia before the Olympics. Claimed was treating own skin problem.


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