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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 February, 2004, 13:13 GMT
Drugs pair lose medals
Johann Muehlegg
Muehlegg has now lost all three gold medals he won in Salt Lake
The International Olympic Committee has stripped three gold medals from two cross-country skiers who failed drug tests at the 2002 Winter Games.

The IOC removed all remaining medals and results gained in Salt Lake City from Johann Muehlegg and Olga Danilova.

Spain's Muehlegg, who had previously been stripped of one of three gold medals, loses the other two. Russian Danilova forfeits a gold and a silver.

The pair tested positive for darbepoetin, which enhances endurance.

Both had contested the verdict on the grounds that the drug-testing methods employed at the Games were unreliable.

During the Games, the IOC disqualified the skiers only from the two races where they had positive tests.

The pair were allowed to keep medals from earlier events because they had passed drug tests after those races.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport, acting on appeals by Norway and Canada, ruled in December that the skiers should be stripped of all their medals and results.

Norway boost

Two 10K gold medals will now go to Norwegians Thomas Alsgaard and Frode Estil, who had tied for second place behind Muehlegg. Per Elofsson of Sweden gets the bronze.

In the 30K event, Austria's Christian Hoffman moves up to gold, with silver for Austria's Mikhail Botvinov and bronze for Norway's Kristen Skjeldal.

Danilova was stripped of her gold in the 5K pursuit, with the medal now going to Canada's Beckie Scott. Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic gets the silver and Viola Bauer of Germany the bronze.

She was also stripped of her silver medal in the 10K classical race.

Under the revised results, Bente Skari of Norway keeps the gold, while Julija Tchepalova of Russia goes up to silver and Stefania Belmondo of Italy moves from fourth to bronze.

The decisions were formally implemented by the IOC board on the second day of its two-day meeting in Athens.

They mean Norway moves above Germany in the final medal table with 13 golds. Germany now has 12 and the United States 10.

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