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


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.