Tatyana (Lysenko) Beloborodova and Evgeniia Kolodko failed 2012 Olympic drug tests

Today, Throwholics wrote already about the positive drug tests based on 2008 Beijing Olympic Games samples. There is more sad news to announce. The Russian hammer thrower Tatyana Beloborodova, formerly known as Tatyana Lysenko, and the Russian Olympian Evgeniia Kolodko have reportedly tested positive for doping. Both tested positive on samples from the 2012 London Olympic Games. 

The same rule applies that also the B sample has to be tested and found positive first before the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) can take any action and ban the athlete from future competitions. It is unknown what substances the Russian athletes tested positive for.

Tatyana Lysenko won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games with an Olympic record of 78.18m. If the B sample is found positive as well, the world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk will receive the gold medal, Betty Heidler the silver and Zhang Wenxiu the bronze medal. It is really sad for Zhang Wenxiu because she placed 4th and did not even experience the medal ceremony on the podium.

Evgeniia Kolodko, the Russian shot putter, won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games with a new personal best of 20.48m. If she gets stripped of the silver medal, Lijao Gong will move up to silver and Ling Li to bronze.

The Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong met Evgeniia Kolodko in 2012, and there were married last September in Canada. Armstrong himself was awarded the bronze medal only after the Belarus shot putter Andrei Mikhnevich was disqualified for doping in 2015.

Renowned throwing expert Anatoliy Bondarchuk, who guided Armstrong's career, also coached Kolodko.

Dylan Armstrong emailed his statement about his wife to CBC.

Dylan Armstrong:
I have, earlier this week, learned that my wife Evgeniia Kolodko, a Russian Olympic Athlete whom I met in 2012 and married in a private civil ceremony in British Columbia Canada in September 2015, is among the eight Russian athletes recently named by the International Olympic Committee as testing positive for doping during the 2012 London Olympics.

I did not know Evgeniia before the 2012 London Games. I have come to know her as a sport colleague and now as my wife.

News of athlete doping is very disheartening for competitive athletes who are committed to competing clean. I have never condoned doping in sport. I also know personally how disheartening it can be after waiting more than 6 years after the 2008 Beijing to receive my Olympic bronze medal due to the doping practices of a competitor. I have been consistently outspoken about my position on doping which is zero tolerance.

Today's news is especially difficult as it affects both the Olympic Athletic Community I am part of -- and someone I love deeply; Evgeniia.

I am not only a dedicated Olympic athlete; I am a patriotic Canadian and a committed husband.

As such I will encourage my wife to cooperate fully with the International Olympic Committee and with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as they determine the appropriate actions to be taken. At the same time, I will offer my love, patience and support to Evgeniia as she responds to the news of these doping test results in her home country of Russia and as she navigates her future as an elite athlete.

I appreciate your patience and respect for my privacy.

Any questions regarding the WADA testing, the investigative process and resulting decisions or determinations should be directed to the International Olympic Committee and/or the World Anti-Doping Agency. I will not be speaking on behalf of Evgeniia on this matter.


Dylan Armstrong