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Triple Olympic champ Lyu fails doping test

Chinese weightlifter Lyu Xiaojun, a three-time Olympic champion, has tested positive to the banned substance EPO, the International Testing Agency has reported.

APTOPIX Tokyo Olympics Weghlifting Men China's Lyu Xiaojun on his way to weightlifting gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
December 23, 2022
23 December 2022

Three-time Olympic weightlifting champion Lyu Xiaojun of China has tested positive in a doping case. 

The International Testing Agency on Thursday said Lyu tested positive for EPO, a banned endurance-boosting hormone, on October 30 while he was training.

The Chinese star is provisionally suspended while a disciplinary case is undertaken.

Now aged 38, Lyu said on winning a third straight Olympic title in Tokyo last year that he would target a fourth at the 2024 Paris Games.

He was the oldest-ever weightlifting gold medallist when he won the men’s 81-kilogram category in Tokyo.

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