The big story before the IAAF World Championships began last month in Moscow was the number top-flight athletes who tested positive for banned substances. Needles to say, the International Association of Athletics Federation was certainly hoping to have a clean games, but such a hope is unrealistic in today’s world of track and field.
According to the IAAF, a total of 1,919 blood samples were collected from the athletes competing in Moscow. 670 athletes were also administered urine tests. Today the organization released its findings, naming seven athletes (though only one finalist) as having tested positive for banned substances.
AVRAMENKO, Roman (UKR): dehydrochloromethyltestosterone
5th, final, men’s Javelin Throw
AZIZI, Massoud (AFG): nandrolone metabolites
8th, 4th heat, preliminary round, men’s 100m
BRYZGINA, Elyzaveta (UKR): drostanolone
5th, 1st heat semi-final, women’s 200m
KOZHAKHMETOVA, Ayman (KAZ): exogenous testosterone + EPO
27th, women’s 20km Race Walk
RAHIMIAN, Ebrahim (IRI): EPO
52nd, men’s 20km Race Walk
RYABOVA, Yelena (TKM): dehydrochloromethyltestosterone
6th, 3rd heat, women’s 200m
SALOJ, Jeremias (GUA): EPO
33rd, men’s Marathon
According to the press release, all the athletes listed have already been sanctioned or suspended.