Blonska stripped of heptathlon silver for doping
The International Olympic Committee has stripped Ukraine's Lyudmila Blonska of her Olympic silver medal in the heptathlon after she tested positive for a banned substance.
Blonska, 30, was disqualified and kicked out of the Beijing Games by the IOC after her A sample tested positive for Methyltestosterone following her second-place finish last Saturday.
After her B sample confirmed the presence of the steroid, she was temporarily suspended by the IOC and barred from participating in the women's long jump final on Friday.
The IOC has asked the International Association of Athletics Federations to adjust the heptathlon results, which 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.
Blonska 'shocked' by result
According to the IOC, Blonska expressed "shock" at the results, apologized and said she felt ashamed.
She blamed Sergei Blonsky, her husband who has served as her coach for five years, for the failed doping test.
"She expressed that she trusted him to take care of her training and diet," the IOC said. "She indicated that they had expressly agreed that she would not take any prohibited substances. However, her relationship with her husband was currently conflictual."
It's the second doping offence for Blonska, resulting in a potential lifetime ban from Olympic competition. Blonsky could also face sanction from the IOC.
She becomes the fifth athlete to test positive for doping in Beijing.
Previously disqualified were Greek hurdler Fani Halkia, North Korean shooter Kim Jong Su, Spanish cyclist Isabel Moreno and Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do. Kim was stripped of silver and bronze medals.
With files from the Associated Press