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Konopka gets lifetime ban for second doping violation

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovakian shot putter Mikulas Konopka was given a lifetime ban Saturday for a second doping offense.

Slovakia's athletics federation said last month that Konopka had tested positive for metandienon in an out-of-competition control.

This was his second doping offense after testing positive for the banned steroid stanozolol in 2002, when he was given a two-year ban. IAAF rules call for a lifetime ban after a second doping violation.

The 29-year-old Konopka won Slovakia's first gold at the European indoor championships last year, setting the country's record at 70 feet, 9¼ inches.

The federation's disciplinary committee ruled on Konopka during a meeting in the western town in Nitra, Slovak news television TA3 said.