Doping Violation Awards Gold Medal To Russian

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 6, 2011

The violation took place last summer at the European Championships.

The silver medalist at the 2010 European Athletics Championships marathon has been bumped up to a gold medalist thanks to a doping-related disqualification.

Last August, Zivile Balciunaite of Lithuania finished first on the streets of Barcelona, Spain, but doping tests later found her guilty of using banned substances. In a ruling by the IAAF, she was stripped of her medal.

The second-place finisher that day, Russia’s Nailya Yulamanova, will be given Balciunaite’s gold medal. Anna Incerti of Italy, the third-place finisher, will be awarded the silver, while  Ukraine’s Tetyana Filonyuk will receive the bronze medal.

Zivile Balciunaite will serve out a two-year sentence for her violation that begins on September 6, 2012. This means she cannot compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics which are taking place in London.

Balciunaite has denied any wrongdoing and claims that the positive test resulted from a medication she took that had been prescribed by her gynecologist. If she wants, she can appeal the case at the Court for Aribitration in Sport in Switzerland.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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