MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two Russian Olympic race walkers Vladimir Kanaikin and Valery Borchin were ejected from the team for Beijing after failing dope tests, their coach Viktor Chegin told local news agency All Sport on Tuesday.
Another Russian race walker Alexei Voevodin, who won the 50km bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics and finished second at the 2005 world championships but did not qualify for Beijing, also tested positive.
All three tested positive for the banned drug EPO in out-of-competition tests in April, Chegin said.
“The test were taken in an out-of-competition here at home in Saransk on April 20,” Chegin said.
“It showed traces of EPO in the blood of my athletes.”
Both Kanaikin and Borchin had been medal contenders in Beijing.
Ten Russians have now been thrown off their Beijing team in the past week after seven track and field athletes were ejected following doping suspicions on Thursday followed by cyclist Vladimir Gusev, who also failed a dope test, on Tuesday.
Kanaikin, 23, was one of the favorites for the gold in the 20km after smashing the world record at last year’s Grand Prix final in his home town of Saransk.
He clocked one hour 17 minutes 16 seconds, shaving off five seconds from the mark.
Borchin, 21, won a silver medal in the 20km at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg after serving a one-year doping ban for tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine.
editing by Jon Bramley