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Belarus Shot Putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk Stripped of 2012 Olympics Gold

| by Alex Groberman

Well, that was quick.

On Monday, less than 24 hours after the 2012 Olympics officially wrapped up, shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus was stripped of her medal for at least two positive doping tests.

According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), they found traces of the steroid metenolone in her system. Tests were apparently conducted both before and after Ostapchuk’s event – with both samples ultimately coming back dirty.

"The (Olympic committee) of Belarus is ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the medal, diploma and medallist pin awarded to the athlete in relation to the above-noted event," the IOC said in a statement.

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Because of this latest development, New Zealand’s Valerie Adams was retroactively awarded the gold medal, Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko got silver, and China’s Gong Lijiao got bronze.

Ostapchuk is the first 2012 Olympian to be stripped of a medal, but, you know, it’s been one day.

If this is going down less than 24 hours after things wrapped up, it’s a virtual certainty that other athletes will find themselves in a similar predicament.

(Kudos CBS)

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