IAAF confirms Andrianova doping ban

Russian middle-distance runner Tatyana Andrianova has received a two-year doping ban following re-analysis of a sample taken at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.

Andrianova claimed the bronze medal in the women’s 800m a decade ago, but has now been found to have tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol.

The IAAF have taken action after re-testing a sample provided by Andrianova on the day of her third-place finish in Finland.

Her results for the two-year period starting with the day of the 800m final – August 9, 2005 – have now been disqualified, while Andrianova, who turns 36 next month, has been barred from competing again until September 21, 2017.

An IAAF statement read: “In 2005, the IAAF began a long-term storage and re-testing strategy concerning IAAF championships with the storage of anti-doping samples from that year’s IAAF World Championships in Helsinki. This strategy first revealed six adverse findings from Helsinki which were announced in March 2013.

“Starting in April 2015, the IAAF made a further reanalysis of Helsinki 2005 and Osaka 2007 samples using the latest technology available in the field of anti-doping and taking advantage of the new World Anti-Doping Code’s provision extending from 8 to 10 years the period during which samples can be tested.

“On 11 August 2015, the IAAF announced that this re-analysis had confirmed 28 athletes with 32 adverse findings.”

It is not clear whether Andrianova is among those 28 athletes.

Russia are currently suspended from athletics following allegations of state-sponsored doping made in a report by an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA].