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Heptathlon medallist flunks drug test

Heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine could be stripped of her Olympic silver medal after failing a doping test for the second time in five years.

Heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine could be stripped of her Olympic silver medal after failing a doping test for the second time in five years.

If Blonska's "B" sample matches her "A" sample, she will lose her medal and be kicked out of the Beijing Summer Games.

The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it has opened a disciplinary procedure into Blonska, with a ruling expected Thursday.

Lamine Diack — president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field's governing body — said he had been notified of the positive result by IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch.

"Yes, I've just been informed," he said. "Only on my way here, Schamasch phoned me to say this athlete tested positive. The process is underway."

Blonska, who served a two-year ban beginning in June 2003 after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol, is also competing in the long jump and was third in qualifying ahead of Friday's final.

The 30-year-old finished second in the Olympic heptathlon  — the women's version of the decathlon — registering a season-best 6,700 points.

Fellow Ukrainian Nataliia Dobrynska won gold with 6,733 points. American Hyleas Fountain was third, and Russia's Tatiana Chernova was fourth.

Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., finished sixth in the event, which ended Saturday.

Four athletes have been disqualified and kicked out of the Beijing Games so far for positive drug tests — Greek hurdler Fani Halkia, North Korean shooter Kim Jong Su, Spanish cyclist Isabel Moreno and Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do.

With files from the Associated Press