IOC strips 2004 bronze medal from Russian lifter

The IOC has stripped a Russian weightlifter of his bronze medal
from the 2004 Athens Olympics following retesting of his doping
samples.

The IOC asked the Russian Olympic Committee on Tuesday to return
Oleg Perepechenov’s medal as soon as possible.

Perepechenov tested positive for clenbuterol when his stored
samples were reanalyzed last year. He finished third in the
77-kilogram event in Athens.

The bronze stands to go to the fourth-place finisher, Reyhan
Arabacioglu of Turkey.

Four other athletes caught in Athens retests were ordered to
hand back their medals in December, including shot put gold
medalist Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine.

Since Athens, the IOC has been storing doping samples from each
Olympics for eight years to allow for retesting when new detection
methods become available.