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Russian shot put medalist failed doping retest, Canadian medalist husband says

Dylan Armstrong

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 15: Dylan Armstrong of Canada competes in the Men’s Shot Put qualification during Day Six of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 15, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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Russian Evgeniia Kolodko, the 2012 Olympic women’s shot put silver medalist, is one of the 23 athletes from the London Olympics whose doping samples came up positive in recent retests, her husband, Canadian Olympic shot put medalist Dylan Armstrong, said in a Tuesday statement, according to CBC.

Kolodko originally took bronze in the 2012 Olympic shot put but was upgraded to silver after the original winner, Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus, failed drug tests.

“I have, earlier this week, learned that my wife Evgeniia Kolodko, a Russian Olympic Athlete whom I met in 2012 and married in a private civil ceremony in British Columbia Canada in September 2015, is among the eight Russian athletes recently named by the International Olympic Committee as testing positive for doping during the 2012 London Olympics,” Armstrong said in the statement, adding that he did not know Kolodko before the London Games, according to CBC.

Armstrong’s statement did not say whether Kolodko took performance-enhancing drugs. Results from retesting of B samples from 2012 have not been released.

“Today’s news is especially difficult as it affects both the Olympic Athletic Community I am part of -- and someone I love deeply,” the statement said. “I will encourage my wife to cooperate fully with the International Olympic Committee and with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as they determine the appropriate actions to be taken.”

Kolodko last competed in 2014. Armstrong last competed in 2013.

Armstrong finished fourth in the 2008 Olympic men’s shot put and was upgraded to the bronze medal in 2014, after the original third-place finisher, Andrei Mikhnevich, was stripped of it for doping.

“News of athlete doping is very disheartening for competitive athletes who are committed to competing clean,” Armstrong said in Tuesday’s statement, according to CBC. “I have never condoned doping in sport. I also know personally how disheartening it can be after waiting more than 6 years after the 2008 Beijing to receive my Olympic bronze medal due to the doping practices of a competitor. I have been consistently outspoken about my position on doping which is zero tolerance.”

Russian TV reported over the weekend that Kolodko and 2012 Olympic hammer throw champion Tatyana Beloborodova were among the positives from the recent 2012 Olympic doping retests.

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