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Ivanova banned for steroid abuse
Lyubov Ivanova
Ivanova was the 2003 European 3000m champion
Russian 3000m steeplechase champion Lyubov Ivanova has been handed a two-year suspension after testing positive for steroids.

Russian athletics federation chief Valentin Balakhnichev said that the 25-year-old failed the test at the World Athletics Final in September.

Ivanova finished in fourth place at the European championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August.

She was also fourth at the IAAF finale in Stuttgart.



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