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More on Beijing doping: cyclist, runner, walker join list

April 29, 2009 |  9:45 am


Five down, one to go.

The German cycling federation announced Stefan Schumacher was among those caught. No surprise, because he tested positive for CERA in samples taken during the Tour de France, when he won two time trial stages.

Croation 800-meter runner Vanja Persic also is on the list, a source confirmed. Persic did not advance past the first round in Beijing.

And Greek race walker Athania Tsoumeleka had admitted four months ago she was a CERA positive from Beijing, where she was ninth in the 20K race walk. Tsoumeleka had won that event in the 2004 Olympics. She already was banned by the international track federation after being caught in its retest program.

The International Olympic Committee said six athletes were caught in its Beijing testing. Gold medalist Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain (1,500 meters) and cycling silver medalist Davide Rebellin of Italy (road race) also are known to be among them. 

According to the Associated Press, Rebellin told Italian TV the result was "a mistake.''

-- Philip Hersh

Photo: Stefan Schumacher hangs his head after a 13th place in Beijing time trial. Schumacher is among those to test positive for EPO in the 2008 Olympics.  Credit: Axel Schmitt / Getty Images