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1500m Gold Medalist Busted For Doping

  • By Sean McKeon
  • Published Apr. 29, 2009
  • Updated May. 15, 2009 at 6:41 PM UTC

Bahrain’s first Olympic Gold Medalist tests positive for CERA.

Rashid Ramzi Setting American Soil 1500m Record. / Photo. Michael Atwood

Rashid Ramzi became the first ever Bahrani Gold Medalist in Beijing, but that is all about to change.  It has been confirmed that Ramzi has tested positive for a banned substance, CERA, following his efforts at the Olympics this summer. CERA is a blood doping substance that increases the number of red-blood cells.

With this news, pending the inevitable appeals by Ramzi, Silver Medalist Asbel Kipruto Kiprop of Kenya will become the Gold Medalist, Bronze Medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand will become the Silver Medalist, and Fourth Place finisher Mehdi Baala of France will become the Bronze Medalist.

Along with Ramzi, Greek race walker Athanasia Tsoumeleka and Croatian 800-meter runner Vanja Perisic were also found having taken the same banned substance in Beijing.  Tsoumeleka placed Ninth in the 20k race walk and Perisic did not make it out of the first round of the 800-meter heats.

Link to news report: Bahrain Olympic champion Rashid Ramzi in positive drugs test

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