posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 08:53 AM
Russia's gold medalist in the women's shot put is under investigation for a positive drug test, Olympic sources said Sunday.
Irina Korzhanenko, the first woman to win a gold medal at the sacred site of Ancient Olympia, failed a doping control after Wednesday's competition,
the sources said on condition of anonymity.
She will face a hearing before a disciplinary commission of the International Olympic Committee. If found guilty, she would be stripped of the medal
and expelled from the game
If disqualified, the gold would go to Cuba's Yumileidi Cumba Jay.
Korzhanenko won the gold medal with a throw of 69 feet, 1 1/4 inches (21.06 meters).
The event was held at the ancient site, about 200 miles southwest of Athens, two days before the start of track and field in Olympic Stadium. It was
the first time women have competed at the site. The ancient Olympics were for men only.
In 1999, Korzhanenko was stripped of the silver medal at the world indoor championships for a doping violation. She won the world indoor title in 2003
in Birmingham, England, and placed fourth at last year's world outdoors in Paris.