Shmyrko Hit With Ban, Loses Osaka Titles

Shmyrko hit with ban, loses Osaka titlesUkrainian marathon runner Tetyana Shmyrko has been banned for four years for a doping offense.
Shmyrko, who has also raced under the name Tetyana Gamera, won her third consecutive Osaka Marathon in January, setting the ninth fastest time in the world this year by finishing in 2 hours 22 minutes 9 seconds.

Her punishment includes all of her results annulled since August 2011, meaning she stands to lose her fifth-place finish from the 2012 Olympics, the three Osaka wins, and the Ukrainian national record.

Announcing the punishment in a website statement, the Ukrainian Athletics Federation said only that Shmyrko broke a rule barring the use or attempted use of banned substances, without elaborating.