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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shot Put Gold Medalist Fails Drug Test

ATHENS -- Russia's gold medalist in the women's shot put is under investigation for a positive drug test, international and Russian Olympic officials said Sunday.

Irina Korzhanenko, the first woman to win a gold medal at the sacred site of Ancient Olympia, tested positive for the steroid stanozolol after Wednesday's competition, Russian Olympic Committee spokesman Gennady Shvets said.

The backup B sample was being analyzed to verify the result, he said.

"Nobody can believe that this is actually happening," Shvets said.

Stanozolol is the same steroid which cost Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson his gold medal in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

The positive test was also confirmed by two senior International Olympic Committee officials on condition of anonymity.

Korzhanenko, who has served a previous two-year doping ban, will face a hearing before a disciplinary commission of the IOC. If found guilty, she would be stripped of the medal and expelled from the Games.

Korzhanenko won with a throw of 21.06 meters -- the first throw over 21 meters in four years.

If disqualified, the gold would go to Cuba's Yumileidi Cumba Jay. Germany's Nadine Kleinert would move up to silver, and Russia's Svetlana Krivelyova to bronze.

The shot put was held at the ancient site, about 320 kilometers southwest of Athens, two days before the start of track and field in Olympic Stadium. It was the first time women have competed at the site. The ancient Olympics were for men only.

News of Korzhanenko's bust was welcomed by World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound.

"That's good," he said. "If we got another [cheater], that's great. It shows that you can't go to Ancient Olympia and screw around and get away with it."

In 1999, Korzhanenko was stripped of the silver medal at the world indoor championships for a doping violation, and was given a two-year suspension that kept her out of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

She won the world indoor title in 2003 in Birmingham, England, and placed fourth at last year's world outdoors in Paris.