Report: Russian hammer thrower Gulfia Khanafeyeva fails doping test

Updated: January 17, 2008, 9:48 AM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Gulfia Khanafeyeva, the world record holder in the hammer throw, has reportedly failed a doping test.

Khanafeyeva tested positive for an unspecified stimulant at the October 2007 World Military Games in Hyderabad, India, said Valentin Balakhnichev, the Russian athletics federation president.

Balakhnichev told the All Sports news agency his federation was waiting for the B sample.

Oleg Dmitrusenko, the federation's chief anti-doping official, said he could not confirm the test because he hasn't received the results.

The 25-year-old Khanafeyeva, who set the world record of 77.26 meters in June 2006, could face a two-year suspension.

Khanafeyeva's coach, Alexander Vasenko, told Kommersant Daily she was taking an allergy drug that is allowed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Last year, two Russian hammer throwers -- Tatyana Lysenko and Yekaterina Khoroshikh -- failed doping tests and are awaiting a ruling by the IAAF.


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