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Heptathlon medallist banned for life

Olympic heptathlon runner-up Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine has received a lifetime ban after failing a doping test at the Beijing Games.

Olympic heptathlon runner-up Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine has received a lifetime ban after failing a doping test at the Beijing Games.

The Ukrainian national athletics federation made the decision on Friday after the 30-year-old Blonska tested positive for the steroid methyltestosterone, her second doping violation in five years.

Blonska served a two-year ban beginning in June 2003 after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol.

Blonska said her husband Sergei Blonsky, who has been her coach for five years, had forced her to take the drug that resulted in her most recent positive test. Blonsky was also banned for life.

Blonska took the Olympic silver medal in heptathlon — the women's version of the decathlon — after registering a season-best 6,700 points in Beijing. Fellow Ukrainian Nataliia Dobrynska won gold with 6,733 points.

But after testing positive, Blonska, who also finished second at last year's world championships, was stripped of her medal and expelled from the Games.

The International Olympic Committee has asked the International Association of Athletics Federations to adjust the heptathlon results. That puts American Hyleas Fountain in line to receive the silver, with Russia's Tatiana Chernova moving from fourth to bronze.

Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., who finished sixth in the event, is in line to climb to fifth.

With files from the Associated Press