Russian heptathlete stripped of Beijing 2008 bronze

The 40-year-old former heptathlete is set to be upgraded to third place at the 2008 Beijing Games after the International Olympic Committee announced on Monday the disqualification of Russia's Tatyana Chernova for testing positive for a steroid.

Chernova, who had been already deprived of her 2011 world title as well as London 2012 bronze medal for being caught doping, faced another accusation of taking the forbidden substance dubbed dehydrochloromethyltestosterone at the Beijing Games.

She was part of the British 4x400m relay team that was retrospectively awarded bronze in Beijing in 2008 following the disqualification of Belarus and Russian Federation.

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Sotherton was therefore in line to become a back-to-back Olympic heptathlon medallist nearly nine years after following up her 2004 bronze with an agonising fifth place that was upgraded a week later to fourth after Ukraine's Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test. The latter was awarded to Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill.

"I always had suspicions about Chernova. It's still disgusting, I still don't like it, but I'm trying to think of the position she was in", she said.

It is not the first time that the Briton has been upgraded to win an Olympic medal. I would've come back with two, my contract would have probably almost doubled. She also competed in the 1997 and 1999 Island Games.

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Jo Pavey is also in line to receive a 10,000 metres World Championship bronze from 2007 after she moved up from fourth last month when Turkish athlete Elvan Abeylegesse retrospectively failed a doping test.

"We have made massive steps to becoming a cleaner sport in the past year but there's a lot that needs to be done", she told Press Association Sport. "I feel for the family and friends that have gone through this emotion with me".

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