Belarus athletes stripped of Beijing Olympic medals for doping

LAUSANNE: Two Belarusian hammer throwers have been stripped of silver and bronze medals they won at the Beijing Olympics for doping.

Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan tested positive for abnormal levels of testosterone after finishing second and third in the Aug. 17 hammer final at the Bird''s Nest stadium.

The silver now goes to Krisztian Pars of Hungary and the bronze to Koji Murofushi of Japan. Slovenia''s Primoz Kozmus won the gold medal.

Devyatovskiy faces a lifetime ban from the sport because this is his second doping offense while it was the first violation for Tsikhan, a three-time world champion and silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.