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Aleksey Lovchev no longer world’s strongest man, has doping ban appeal denied

Aleksey Lovchev

WROCLAW, POLAND - OCTOBER 27: Aleksei Lovchev from Russia lifts in the Snatch competition men’s +105 kg Group A during weightlifting IWF World Championships Wroclaw 2013 at Centennial Hall in Wroclaw on October 27, 2013 (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

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Russian Aleksey Lovchev, who was stripped of his 2015 World Championships super heavyweight title and with it the world’s strongest man title, had his four-year doping ban appeal denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Lovchev, 27, tested positive for ipamorelin, a growth hormone releasing peptide, at the 2015 World Championships.

Lovchev, who broke clean-and-jerk and total world records at worlds (264kg and 475kg, respectively), was provisionally suspended in December due to the failed test.

In December, Russia sports minister Vitaly Mutko said the banned growth-hormone substance was in a medicine he had been cleared to use, according to The Associated Press.

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