(WSCR) Belarus shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk nearly got away with it.
Ostapchuk was stripped of her gold Monday, just hours after the London Olympics closing ceremonies, for testing positive for doping. This marks the first case of an athlete losing a medal for doping at the London Games.
With Ostapchuk’s disqualification, New Zealand’s Valerie Adams was awarded the gold medal.
According to a report from The Associated Press, after an IOC hearing, Ostapchuk was formally expelled from the games and had her victory and medal removed from the records.
“Catching cheats like this sends a message to all those who dope that we will catch them,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press.