The International Weightlifting Federation (IWFT) announced recent doping retests from the 2012 London Olympic Games on its website yesterday.

Below, find the names athletes and detected violations:

  • Ms. Meline DALUZYAN (ARM) – Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone and Stanozolol (S1.1 Anabolic Agents)
  • Mr. Valentin HRISTOV (AZE) – Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents)
  • Mr. Mikalai NOVIKAU (BLR) – Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone and Stanozolol (S1.1 Anabolic Agents)
  • Mr. Oleksiy TOROKHTIY (UKR) – Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents)
  • Mr. Ruslan NURUDINOV (UZB) – Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents)

Hristov (weight 56kg) who won Bronze and Torokhtiy (weight 105kg) who won Gold finished on the London podium. The results of the above – mentioned retests could mean they are stripped of their placement and medals. In London, Nurudinov finished 4th in his bodyweight category, while Novikau finished 8th. At the 2012 Olympic Games, Daluzyan didn’t make a successful total.

At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Nurudinov would go to win his gold medal. Because of these retests, his placement status may be in doubt. At the 2018 Weightlifting World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nurudinov wasn’t able to complete a lift in the snatch portion of the competition. However, he took a bronze medal in the clean & jerk.

A mandatory suspension from the sport is common for every athlete. Until 2023, Hristov is serving a ban, due to be testing positive for a banned substance at the 2015 WWC in Houston. Torokhtiy, in turn, has been retired from competition for several years and is currently a content creator in the weightlifting space and a popular coach.

Prior to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, a number of weightlifters from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games were suspended after doping retests not originally detected during the competitions showed positive results.


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