Track and Field

European steeplechase runner silver medallist tests positive for banned substance

European Championship steeplechase silver medallist Ahmed Abdelwahed has been suspended after testing positive for meldonium, an endurance-boosting heart medication, the Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday.

Italy's Ahmed Abdelwahed, 26, provisionally suspended

Ahmed Abdelwahed of Italy, pictured after his silver-medal performance in the men's 3,000-metre steeplechase at the European Championships last month, has tested positive for meldonium, a banned endurance-boosting heart medication. (atthias Hangst/Getty Images)

European Championship steeplechase silver medallist Ahmed Abdelwahed has been suspended after testing positive for meldonium, the Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday.

The endurance-boosting heart medication has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2016. Athletes testing positive for it early that year included tennis star Maria Sharapova, who served a 15-month ban.

Abdelwahed's case was announced three weeks after he finished second in the 3,000-metre steeplechase at the European track championships in Munich, Germany.

The AIU did not say when the 26-year-old Italian runner tested positive. He has been provisionally suspended while a disciplinary case gets prepared.

Abdelwahed placed 14th in the Olympic steeplechase last year in Tokyo.

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