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Nigeria’s Bronze relay medal at Beijing Olympics set to be upgraded to Silver

Nigeria is set to be bumped up to a Silver medal after the International Olympic Committee stripped Russia of its gold medal in the women’s 4x100m from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after one of the runners tested positive in a re-analysis of her doping samples.

The quartet of Franca Idoko, Halimat Ismaila, Gloria Kemasuode and Oludamola Osayomi brought home the Bronze medal in 43.04 seconds, in the Women’s 4×100 meter race against all the odds in what was Nigeria’s 10th Relay medal on the global stage.

The IOC said Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for the steroids stanozolol and turinabol and has been retroactively disqualified. She and the rest of the relay team were also ordered to return their gold medals.

The IOC asked the International Association of Athletics Federations to modify the results and take any further action against the athlete. Belgium stand to be upgraded to gold and Nigeria to silver with Brazil taking bronze.

 

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