North Korean Olympic Pistol Competitor Busted for Doping


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Justin
August 15, 2008, 11:39 AM
Via the AP: (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jRXZIq-My3eu1zoV8MhPhiee_XQwD92IG5TO0)

N.Korean shooter, Vietnamese gymnast test positive

11 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — A two-time North Korean medalist in shooting and a Vietnamese gymnast have failed doping tests at the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee says both athletes have been kicked out of the games after testing positive for banned substances.

Shooter Kim Jong Su was stripped of his silver medal Friday in the 50-meter pistol and bronze in the 10-meter air pistol.

Gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do finished in 82nd and last place in the women's floor exercises.

They are the second and third athletes caught doping in Beijing.

Spanish cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno was kicked out of the games Monday after testing positive for EPO.

The IOC is conducting a record 4,500 doping tests in Beijing.


This is the first time I've ever heard of a doping scandal in an Olympic shooting competition. Can't say as I'm surprised that the N. Koreans are the ones committing the shenanigans.

Evidently, the N. Korean competitor was busted for having Propranolol in his system. According to Wikipedia, Propranolol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propranolol) is a beta-blocker commonly used to control high blood pressure.

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Hoppy590
August 15, 2008, 11:43 AM
Gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do finished in 82nd and last place in the women's floor exercises.

honestly? thats like testing the looser

"hey, i know you came in dead last... but pee in this cup"

do some age tests on those chinese gymnasts. birth records, DNA, Physicals, heck cut them open and count the rings! ( people are like trees right?) :p

LeonCarr
August 15, 2008, 11:49 AM
A communist country doping an athlete? Has that ever happened before?
:)

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

DaleA
August 15, 2008, 12:04 PM
Good on the Olympic Committee!
My big concern is false positives, but that said, I hope they keep the Olympics "clean" and the athletes don't feel they have to use drugs to be competitive.

jackstinson
August 15, 2008, 12:05 PM
This thread already exists.
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=385466

Justin
August 15, 2008, 12:19 PM
Whoops! I'll just close this one. :o

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