Balciunaite stripped of gold medal

  • 2011-04-07
  • TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The The Lithuanian Athletic Federation has stripped marathon runner Zivile Balciunaite of the gold medal she won at last year's European Athletics Championshipon charges of doping.

The LAF also gave the athlete, who was found to have increased levels of testosterone after the race, a two year ban on competition, ending her hopes of taking part in the London Olympics next year.

"The LAF disciplinary board has completed a study to examine all the facts and make the right decision for Balciunaite's suspicion of doping," LAF president Eimantas Skrabulis said.