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Anti-doping tests rewrite Olympic history
禁藥改寫奧運史 第六名遞補奪牌

An exterior view of the Russian Olympic Committee headquarters and the All-Russia Athletic Federation office in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 13, 2015.

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently announced another list of Olympians to have been disqualified due to doping. The majority of the names on the list are from athletics and weightlifting. One US female high jumper, who originally came sixth in the Beijing Olympics, has now been awarded bronze. According to a report in the New York Times, this has completely rewritten Olympic history, with the entire winners’ podium of original medal winners being disqualified.

The IOC has restarted its anti-doping testing program, and this wave of 75 athletes from the Beijing and London Olympics have been stripped of their achievements because of doping.

Chaunte Lowe, a 32-year-old American woman athlete who competes in the high jump, has attended four Olympic Games, but Olympic glory has heretofore evaded her. Last week, however, she received a Facebook message from a German athlete congratulating her on getting a bronze medal.

The three original Beijing Olympic women’s high jump medal winners who failed the drugs test were Anna Chicherova and Yelena Slesarenko of Russia and Vita Palamar of Ukraine.

(Translated by Paul Cooper)







1. disqualified adj.

失格 (shi1 ge2)

2. winners’ podium n. phr.

頒獎台 (ban1 jiang3 tai2)

3. doping n.

使用禁藥 (shi3 yong4 jin4 yao4)

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