Russian Olympians Kuzenkova and Krivelyova banned for two years for doping

  • Former world and Olympic champions Svetlana Krivelyova and Olga Kuzenkova have handed two-year bans for failing a drugs test after their samples were re-examined, the Russian athletics federation (VFLA) announced on Tuesday.

    Kuzenkova, 42, is the 2004 Olympic champion in the women's hammer. She tested positive at the 2005 world championships in Helsinki, where she finished first.

    The VFLA canceled all her results from August 12, 2005 to August 11, 2007, which means she will lose her 2005 world title.

    Cuba's Yipsi Moreno, who finished second in Helsinki, will now receive the gold medal.

    Krivelyova, 43, who captured the women's shot put gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 2003 world championships in Paris, failed a test at the 2004 Athens Games.

    She had already been stripped of the 2004 bronze medal by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after her sample was re-examined.

    Krivelyova’s results from August 18, 2004 to August 17, 2006 will be annulled.

    Both Kuzenkova and Krivelyova have retired from sport.

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