London Gold Medalist Alptekin Caught Doping

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 3, 2013
Asli Cakir Alptekin won the 1500m title at the London Games but could now lose her medal because of doping. Photo:

Alptekin’s Turkish countrywoman Nevin Yanit is also suspected of cheating.

The women’s 1500m champion at the London Olympics could lose her gold medal because of a doping offense, it was confirmed on Friday.

Doping allegations began surrounding Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin in late March, when it was reported she failed a drug test around the time of the Games. But the IAAF, track & field’s international governing body, would not validate the claim at the time.

On Friday, it became known that Alptekin showed abnormal blood values in her biological passport. If she’s found to have knowingly taken an illegal substance to improve her performance, she would most likely lose her gold medal.

Alptekin was caught doping around the 2004 World Junior Championships, for which she served a two-year ban. Since this would be her second offense, she could be banned for life.

Also failing a drug test was Alptekin ‘s countrywoman Nevin Yanit, a two-time European champion in the 100m hurdles. In March, she won the 60m hurdles at the European Indoor Championships. She too is at risk of losing her title.

For More: Associated Press


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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