Eleven Beijing 2008 medallists fail doping retests….

Liu Chunhong of China won gold at the 2008 Olympics.

Three Olympic champions from China are among 11 weightlifters who face being stripped of their medals after failing retests of their Beijing 2008 doping samples. The 11 medallists tested positive for a range of banned substances, says the International Weightlifting Federation. Among those to fail are gold medallists Cao Lei, Liu Chunhong and Chen Xiexia. The other eight medallists to test positive are from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. Andrei Rybakou of Belarus, who holds the 85kg world record with a 187kg snatch and won silver in 2008, tested positive in the retests. The others to fail are Anastasia Novikova of Belarus, Kazakhstan’s Maria Grabovetskaya and Irina Nekrasova, Russia’s Khadzhimurat Akkaev and Dmitry Lapikov and Ukraine’s Natalya Davydova and Olha Korobka. They are all provisionally suspended until the cases are resolved.

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