Bulgaria: Yordanova banned 2 years for doping

Updated: October 9, 2008, 1:17 PM ET
Associated Press

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgarian runner Daniela Yordanova was suspended for two years Thursday after a failed doping test.

Yordanova tested positive for testosterone and related substances in an out-of-competition sample given in June in Sofia, the Bulgarian athletics federation said. The 32-year-old 1,500-meter runner finished fifth at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

In the last two years, several top Bulgarian athletes have been caught doping, including 400-meter runner Vanya Stambolova, high jumper Venelina Veneva, 800-meter runner Teodora Kolarova and hammer thrower Andrian Andreev.

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