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Olympic race walk medalist Gonzalez hit with 4-year ban

AFP PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — World and Olympic 20-kilometer walk silver medalist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico has been banned for four years for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit said Friday.

Gonzalez, 30, tested positive for the anabolic steroid trenbolone on Oct. 17 last year, and was suspended until November 2022, said the independent body that polices drug abuse in athletics.

However, she will retain her medals received in 2016, when she won silver at the Rio Olympics, and 2017, when she was runner-up at the world championships in London.

At a hearing, the unit rejected her defense argument that her positive test stemmed from the fact that she had increased her consumption of red meat to combat anemia.

Trenbolone is a permitted additive for animal feed in Mexico, Gonzalez said, insisting that the meat she ate was contaminated with the steroid.

Another bust for London LJ

Meanwhile, Latvia’s Ineta Radevica has become the fourth competitor in the 2012 London Olympics women’s long jump final to be disqualified for doping after the IOC said steroids had been found in a retest of her sample from the Games.

Radevica was European champion in 2010 and finished second in the world championships in Daegu in 2011. In London, she finished fourth, one centimeter behind bronze medalist Janay DeLoach of the United States.

The London final started with only 11 competitors after Turkish jumper Karin Mey Melis, who was third in qualification, tested positive for the steroid testosterone.

Retests of samples from Russian Anna Nazarova, who was fifth, and Belarusian Nastassia Myronchyk-Ivanova, seventh, revealed another, the steroid turinabol. Both have been retrospectively disqualified.Speech

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