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Russian biathlete, World junior champion, tests positive for meldonium


Tablets and vials of meldonium, also known as mildronate, are photographed in Moscow, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open. The drug was only banned in January and there has been a string of failed tests by athletes in several sports since. (AP Photo/James Ellingworth)


MOSCOW (AP) -- Another Russian athlete has tested positive for meldonium, the same drug found in Maria Sharapova’s sample at the Australian Open.

The Russian Biathlon Union says Eduard Latypov, a 21-year-old biathlete who won a gold medal at last year’s world junior championships, tested positive at the IBU Cup.

Latypov is the third biathlete to have tested positive for meldonium, which was banned as of Jan. 1. Ukrainian national team members Olga Abramova and Artem Tyshchenko have also tested positive for the drug.

All three have been provisionally suspended by the International Biathlon Union.

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