GB ace awarded Olympic bronze after rival caught doping

Another British athlete, Kelly Sotherton, who originally placed fifth in the Beijing heptathlon, could now be upgraded to bronze.

According to the IOC's statement, Chernova had been found "to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008".

She finished fifth in in 2008 but has climbed to third after doping bans for Ukraine's Lyudmila Blonska and Chernova.

"Tatyana Chernova, 29, of Russian Federation, competing in the women's heptathlon event in which she ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008", read a statement on the IOC's website.

Chernova, 29, previously lost her 2012 Olympic bronze medal and was also stripped of her 2011 world title due to doping.

Tatiana Chernova's 2008 sample tested positive for anabolic steroid turinabol.

"Re-analysis of Chernova's samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (turinabol)".

Sotherton won heptathlon bronze in 2004 and had already been moved to third in the Beijing 4x400m relay after Belarus and Russia's disqualification.

The IOC has now caught 111 athletes through retesting from the 2008 and 2012 Games.

In terms of sports, weightlifting has provided 49 of these re-test positives and athletics 46. Belarus is second on this list with 16.

  • Julie Sanders