A decade after competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Nigerian sprinter cum long jumper Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor is on the verge of receiving a silver medal for her efforts in the Women's Long Jump.

Though Okagbare originally won bronze at the 2008 Games, Russian athletes Tatyana Lebedeva and Maria Abakumova lost their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday and were stripped of three silver medals for doping at the 2008 Olympic Games.

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CAS confirmed the IOC decisions in 2016 to disqualify the pair plus compatriot Ekaterina Gnidenko.


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The banned anabolic steroid turinabol was discovered in retests of all three women’s Olympic anti-doping samples.

Lebedeva won 2008 Beijing Olympic silver medals in the long jump and triple jump.

Abakumova won the silver in javelin at the 2008 Games.

In the women’s long jump, Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria may be upgraded from bronze to silver, and Chelsea Hammond of Jamaica improved from fourth to bronze.

In the 2008 javelin, Christina Obergfoll of Germany may be upgraded from bronze to silver, and Goldie Sayers of Britain from fourth to bronze. 


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