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banner Saturday, 11 August, 2001, 01:44 GMT 02:44 UK
Two more athletes fail drug tests
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The tally of World Championship drug cases reached three after two female athletes fell foul of the testing procedure on Friday.

Romanian javelin thrower Ana Mirela Termure and Belarus 400 metres runner Natalya Sologub failed drug tests for banned steroids, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said.

Both athletes tested positive for the banned substance norandrosterone.

They have been suspended from the competition and their results have been cancelled, an IAAF spokesman said.

Neither of them qualified for the finals in their events.

"The A and B samples are both positive," the spokesman said.

Termure placed 10th in Group A of the javelin with a throw of 52.65 metres on Saturday.

Sologub was fifth in heat one of the 400 metres on Monday in a time of 51.43 seconds.

Under IAAF rules Termure and Sologub face two-year bans for abusing a serious performance-enhancing drug.

The athletes, who are both 26, have not made an impact at world or Olympic level. However, Termure won the European Cup in Gateshead, England in July 2000.

The latest cases come a day after the announcement of the first positive test, with an athlete on Thursday to have used the stamina-boosting drug EPO.

The athlete has yet to be identified because the B test has not yet been completed.

There have been a total of 250 drug tests so far at the championships, which started last Friday.

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