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Athletics: Russian runner Syreva gets two-year ban for doping

Published on Feb 3, 2013 10:48 PM

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - European indoor silver medallist Olesya Syreva has been banned for two years for breaking anti-doping regulations, the Russian athletics federation (VFLA) said on Sunday.

The 29-year-old middle-distance runner had shown an"abnormal haemoglobin profile in her biological passport", the VFLA said on its website.

Marathon runner Mikhail Lemaev, who finished 45th in the men's marathon at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, was also given a two-year ban for the same offence, the VFLA said.

Syreva's ban began on Friday and all her results since March 3, 2011 had been annulled, the VFLA added.

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