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Four-year doping ban for Chinese hurdles champion

The 2017 national champion and 2014 Asian Games gold medallist in the 100m hurdles is banned from competition until 2022 and must pay for sample testing


Asian Games gold medallist in the 100m hurdles Wu Shuijao, 27, has been handed a four-year suspension for a doping violation. 

Shuijao racked up multiple gold medals in the 100m hurdles at various competitions in Asia between 2011 and 2017, including the Asian Games, the Asian Championships, the Chinese national championships, the Asian Indoor Championships, and the Chinese national indoor championships. She competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but failed to advance to the final.

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Incheon, South Korea, site of the 2014 Asian Games

Shuijao was tested out of competition in June 2018, testing positive for norandrosterone, a metabolite of norandralone (an anabolic-androgenic steroid) that appears on the WADA banned list. She asked for her B sample to be tested, and both the A and B samples tested positive, according to a report on the Inside the Games site. Shuijao is now banned from competition until 2022, which means her career is likely over. She is also required to pay the equivalent of almost $3,000 for testing on multiple samples.

Her coach, Dai Jianhua, has received a two-year ban and a fine of approximately $3,000. 

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