Romanian runner Lavric fails doping test at world indoors

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) The Romanian Athletics Federation says runner Elena Mirela Lavric failed a doping test at last month's world indoor championships, testing positive for meldonium.

Sandu Ion, chairman of the Romanian Athletics Federation, told the online publication ProSport that Lavric failed the test in Portland.

She risks a ban of up to four years, while Romania could lose its bronze medal in the 4×400 meter relay, for which Lavric ran the second leg in the final.

Meldonium was banned for 2016 by the World Anti-Doping Agency and there have been more than 120 failed tests worldwide in various sports since then, including for tennis star Maria Sharapova.

Lavric's failed test is the first from the 2016 world indoors, though another runner, Ukraine's Nataliya Lupu, withdrew before the championships after testing positive for meldonium.