Long jumper pulled from Olympic final for doping

Associated Press Modified: September 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm •  Published: September 18, 2012
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GENEVA (AP) — Turkish long jumper Karin Mey Melis was withdrawn from the London Olympic final after authorities learned of an earlier positive doping test, the IAAF said Tuesday.

Mey Melis now faces a disciplinary case and possible two-year ban after details of her case emerged almost six weeks after the Aug. 8 final.

IAAF spokesman Yannis Nikolaou told The Associated Press that the world body received confirmation after Mey Melis advanced from the qualifying round at the Olympics that she had failed a test at the European Championships a few weeks earlier.

"We were notified after the qualification," Nikolaou said by telephone from the governing body's headquarters in Monaco. "It was only at that moment we received information."

The International Association of Athletics Federations, which did not identify the substance involved, has asked the Turkish federation to hold a disciplinary case. Mey Melis has been provisionally suspended pending the hearing, the IAAF said.

Turkish media reported that the 29-year-old Mey Melis tested positive for testosterone at the Europeans in late June in Helsinki, where she placed fifth. The reports said analysis of her urine sample was completed by the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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