With news surfacing today that Gamze Bulut, a Turkish athlete who finished second in the women’s 1,500m at the 2012 Olympics, failed a drug test, another athlete from the London Games has been busted.
Just days ago, Abeba Aregawi, the fifth place finisher at the London Olympics and world champion in 2013 over the same distance, tested positive for a banned substance and is currently suspended.
The German channel, ARD, will be airing a documentary tonight entitled Doping Top Secret: Russia’s Red Herrings, which is expected to further expose Russia’s lack of doping enforcement.
In addition to the two most recent cases, Aregawi and Bulut, other athletes from the race, including the winner, have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs following the Games. Below are details on the top-10 (in order of placement).
Two Canadians, Hilary Stellingwerff and Nicole Sifuentes, made the semi-final of the event but missed out on qualifying for the finals. Stellingwerff was one spot removed from making the final in heat one (fifth in the heat) while Sifuentes was 10th in heat two. Both would be in the top-12 if athletes linked to PEDs were eliminated.
Asli Cakir Alptekin – Stripped of her gold medal and serving an eight-year ban, Alptekin has been stripped of all her results dating back to July 29, 2010.
Gamze Bulut – The Turkish athlete had a personal best of 4:18 in July of 2011 before improving her time down to 4:01 during the Olympics (in the semi-final).
Maryam Yusuf Jamal – Jamal, the first athlete from Bahrain to ever win an Olympic medal, has not been linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
Tatyana Tomashova – Served a two-year ban in 2008. Russia is currently suspended from international competition.
Abeba Aregawi – The Ethiopian-born athlete now representing Sweden tested positive for a banned substance last week. She was the 2013 world champion in the 1,500m.
Shannon Rowbury – The U.S. record holder in the 1,500m and member of the Nike Oregon Project has never failed a drug test. She trains in the same group as Canadian Cam Levins based in Portland, Ore.
Natallia Kareiva – Her seventh place finish at the Olympics has since been revoked because of a biological passport irregularity in 2014. The passport is an electronic record of certain biological markers that is now used to detect signs of doping.
Lucia Klocova – The athlete from Slovakia has not failed a drug test.
Ekaterina Kostetskaya – Was given a two-year ban in 2014, which has since ended, for abnormalities in her biological passport, according to the IAAF (international governing body for athletics).
Lisa Dobriskey – The 2006 Commonwealth Games champion in the 1,500m has not been linked to performance-enhancing drugs.