Norway stripped of equestrian bronze, Swiss move up
Norwegian rider Tony Andre Hansen has been stripped of his Olympic bronze medal in team jumping after his horse tested positive for a banned drug at the Beijing Games.
Hansen was disqualified by the International Equestrian Federation on Monday and banned from the sport for 4½ months.
Hansen's horse, Camiro, tested positive for capsaicin, a banned pain reliever. He was suspended and did not complete the individual jumping competition.
Without his scores, Norway loses its hold on third. The team also included Morten Djupvik, Stein Endresen and Geir Gulliksen
Switzerland will be upgraded from fourth to the bronze medal. The United States won gold, beating Canada in a jumpoff in Hong Kong, where the equestrian events were staged
Canada's team was comprised of Mac Cone, Jill Henselwood, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar. Lamaze also won gold in the individual jumping competition.
The world governing body for equestrian sports penalized 2004 Olympic champion Rodrigo Pessoa in October. The rider's horse, Rufus, tested positive for nonivamide, a banned pain-relieving medication.
Pessoa, also finishing fifth in individual jumping, was suspended until January.