Russian biathlete’s ban helps Latvian results

Because Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva has been stripped of her Winter Olympics silver medal after failing a drug test, Latvia’s Madara Līduma has moved up a notch in the final results for the Feb. 13 women’s 15-kilometer individual event.

Līduma originally finished 11th overall, but the record books now will show she finished 10th in the games being held in Italy.

Except for gold medal winner Svetlana Ishmouratova of Russia, everyone in the competition was bumped up one place after Olympics officials on Feb. 16 disqualified Pyleva for “a violation of the anti-doping rules,” according to the official Web site of the Winter Olympics,

After the Feb. 13 event, a stimulant called carphedon was detected in Pyleva. Olympics officials took away the silver medal and also have prohibited Pyleva from further competition in the Turin games. The International Biathlon Union, meanwhile, announced Feb. 16 that it is banning both Pyleva and her physician, Dr. Nina Vinogradova, from any IBU-sanctioned competition for two years.

Pyleva told journalists she took the stimulant by mistake, according to a Reuters news report.

The decision by Olympics officials also means three other Latvian women finished the event one notch higher. Anžela Brice now is listed in 48th place, Linda Savļaka is 63rd and Gerda Krūmiņa is 70th.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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