S. Korean Weightlifter Could Win Silver from London Olympics

Write : 2016-10-29 15:45:03 Update : 2016-10-29 15:59:42

S. Korean Weightlifter Could Win Silver from London Olympics

South Korean weightlifter Kim Min-jae, who grabbed an eight place finish at the London Olympics four years ago, is expected to be awarded a silver medal from the Games.

The International Weightlifting Federation said on its Web site Saturday that traces of banned substances were detected in test samples provided by the gold, silver and bronze medalists of the men's 94-kilogram class event at the London Games. They are Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan, Alexandr Ivanov of Russia and Moldova's Anatolii Cîrîcu.

Weightlifters who finished fourth, sixth, seventh and eleventh at this event in the London Olympics were also said to have tested positive for banned substances.

The federation attached the label "ongoing IOC" next to the names of the seven athletes. The federation is expected to alter the medal rankings once the International Olympic Committee reaches a final decision and requests the IWF to remove records of implicated athletes.

Excluding them, fifth-ranked Saeid Mohammadpour from Iran has the highest score, trailed by 33-year-old Kim Min-jae.

Kim set a South Korean record at the time, lifting 185 kilograms in the snatch. He lifted 210 kilos in the clean and jerk, which is lower than his record.

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