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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Daily Dope: Greek medalist tests positive

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posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 09:05 AM
Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis, a bronze medalist at the Athens Games, tested positive for drugs in an initial sample, a source close to the case told The Associated Press.

The International Olympic Committee told Greek officials on Friday that an athlete had tested positive. Greek Olympic committee officials declined to identify the athlete.

A backup sample is being tested to determine whether the initial findings are accurate.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the athlete as Sampanis, who has one of the home country's three medals in the Summer Games. He also won silver medals in the last two Olympics.

Sampanis finished third on Monday in the 137-pound category. The top four finishers are tested for doping after their performances.

IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies declined comment.

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