Austrian ex-hurdler gets lifetime doping ban

Updated: August 27, 2008, 9:40 AM ET
Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria -- Former hurdler Elmar Lichtenegger was banned for life Wednesday by the Austrian athletics federation for a second positive doping test since 2003.

The 34-year-old Austrian retired from the sport last year after testing positive for the banned substance nandrolone at a training session on Nov. 22. He was banned for 15 months in 2003, also for using nandrolone.

In both cases, Lichtenegger blamed bad nutrition supplements for the positive result.

Lichtenegger can appeal the federation's decision to the arbitration committee of the Austrian Anti-Doping Agency. However, when announcing his retirement last year, he said he would not return to the sport if he was cleared.

Lichtenegger won a silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2002 European indoor championships.

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