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O'Rourke in line to land Euro bronze

Irish hurdler Derval O'Rourke (pictured) could be awarded European Indoor bronze after gold medalist Nevin Yanit was charged with doping violations yesterday.

The Leevale athlete finished an agonising fourth in the final of the 60m hurdles in Gothenburg in March but if Yanit is convicted, O'Rourke will be upgraded to the bronze medal position.

Nevin Yanit faces a ban after "multiple positive findings in both in-competition and out-of-competiton tests," the International Association of Athletics Federations said.

Fellow Turkish athlete Asli Cakir Alptekin, who came back from a doping ban to win the women's 1500 metres under a cloud of suspicion at the 2012 Olympics, faces a lifetime ban after being charged with another anti-doping offence, athletics officials said yesterday.

Cakir, who was given a two-year ban in 2004 after a positive dope test at the world junior championships, finished at the London Games ahead of compatriot Gamze Bulut, who had improved her personal best by 18 seconds in the previous year.

Cakir was charged on the basis of abnormal blood values from her biological passport.

Both athletes have been charged with anti-doping rule violations by the IAAF and are provisionally suspended.

Their cases have been referred to the Turkish federation for adjudication and Cakir faces an automatic life ban for a second doping offence.


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