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  Monday, 23 October, 2000, 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK
IOC strips Leipold of Olympic gold
Leipold in action at the Sydney Olympic Games
Leipold (blue) will lose his Olympic title
Olympic champion wrestler Alexander Leipold has been ordered to hand back his gold medal after testing positive for banned anabolic steroids.

The International Olympic Committee confirmed that Leipold has been retrospectively disqualified from the Sydney Games after norandrosterone and norethiocholanolone were found in two urine samples.

"The concentration reported is more than 10 times higher than the reporting threshold established by the IOC," the body said in a statement.

Brandon Slay of the United States, who took silver, will now be awarded the gold medal and discussions will take place to hold a new medal ceremony at a later date.


Nandrolone is not something a wrestler would take. I don't wrestle for power. I wrestle with technique. I don't understand what has happened
Leipold protests his innocence

Slay was visibly upset by his defeat and refused to shake either Leipold's or the referee's hand.

"If silver turns to gold this week, I don't know how to feel. My dream was to win on the mat," Slay said last week after being informed that Leipold's A sample had tested positive

Leipold, who won Germany's first freestyle wrestling gold for 40 years in the 76-kg final, is the first German to be stripped of gold because of doping.

But the 1994 world champion insisted he could not understand the positive test.

"Nandrolone is not something a wrestler would take. I don't wrestle for power. I wrestle with technique. I don't understand what has happened."

Disqualified

Mongolian freestyle wrestler Oyunbileg Purevbaata also failed a dope test at the Olympics that ended on October 1.

The wrestler, who finished fifth in the 58-kg freestyle division, has also been disqualified from the Games and been ordered to return his Olympic diploma.

The two cases brought the total number of positive competition tests at the Games to nine.


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