Russian Olympic Runners Banned for Doping

Trio's guilt "proven beyond doubt"

Svetlana Klyuka chases down Maria Mutola     Photo: MR FOOJI/Flickr

Three of Russia's top female runners will miss the London Olympics after the International Association of Athletics Federations found them guilty of doping. In a statement released Tuesday, the anti-doping arm of the IAAF announced that Evgeniya Zinurova, Nailya Yulamanova, and Svetlana Klyuka were found to have "abnormal indexes in their biometric passports," an indication of having tampered with their urine samples. Yulamanova will be stripped of her 2010 European marathon gold medal, while Zinurova will lose her 2011 European 800-meter title. All three are now ineligible to compete in London in three weeks. "It's a huge loss for our team but their guilt has been proven beyond doubt," Russian athletics chief Valentin Balakhnickyov said.

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