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Weightlifter stripped of medal; 3 others get drug sanctions

A weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan became the first athlete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be stripped of a medal after failing a drug test, while a Chinese swimmer and Brazilian cyclist were also disqualified Thursday and a Moldovan canoeist was suspended and could lose his bronze medal.

Weightlifter Izzat Artykov tested positive for strychnine — banned as a stimulant — after winning the bronze in the men's 69-kilogram division, the Court of Arbitration's anti-doping division said.

The 22-year-old lifter's medal was taken away and he was kicked out of the games.

Strychnine is a highly toxic drug often used as a pesticide, particularly for killing...

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