Athletes Who Were Denied Their Olympic Medal Moments Because Others Were Doping


When an Olympic medalist is caught doping, any medals he or she has won are usually ordered returned, to be awarded to the next finisher in line.
In many cases, however, a change to the official record does not take place until years after the medal ceremonies have ended. Some of the athletes here, later declared Olympic champions, went home from the Games with lesser medals. Others never got the chance to stand on the podium at all.

Since 1968, in at least 24 cases, athletes should
have won gold but did not receive the medal until later.

Athletes Who Retroactively Won Gold
1972
Munich

Brad Cooper
Swimming
Australia

1976
Montreal

Pyotr Korol
Weight Lifting
Soviet Union

Yuri Zaitsev
Weight Lifting
Soviet Union

1988
Seoul

Joachim Kunz
Weight Lifting
East Germany

Carl Lewis
100m
U.S.

OksenMirzoyan
Weight Lifting
Soviet Union

2000
Sydney

SimonaAmanar
Gymnastics
Romania

Pauline Davis-Thompson
200m
Bahamas

Nigerian Team
4x400m

Tara Nott
Weight Lifting
U.S.
Brandon Slay
Wrestling
U.S.

2002
Salt Lake City

ThomasAlsgaard
Skiing
Norway

Frode Estil
Skiing
Norway

ChristianHoffmann
Skiing
Austria

Mikhail Ivanov
Skiing
Russia

GabriellaParuzzi
Skiing
Italy

Beckie Scott
Skiing
Canada

2004
Athens

American Team
Equestrian

YumileidiCumbá
Shot-Put
Cuba

Koji Murofushi
Hammer Throw
Japan

RodrigoPessoa
Equestrian
Brazil

2008
Beijing
Asbel Kiprop
1,500m
Kenya

2012
London

Valerie Adams
Shot-Put
New Zealand

Jared Tallent
50km Walk
Australia

In at least 41 cases, athletes were
upgraded to the silver medal, sometimes
long after the official medals ceremony.

Athletes Who Retroactively Won Silver
1972
Munich

Steve Genter
Swimming
U.S.

1976
Montreal

KrastiuSemerdzhiev
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

Daniel Senet
Weight Lifting
France

TrendafilStoitchev
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

1984
Los Angeles

MichaelMcLeod
10,000m
Britain

RefikMemisevic
Wrestling
Yugoslavia

1988
Seoul

LinfordChristie
100m
Britain

Yingqiang He
Weight Lifting
China

Sven Loll
Judo
East Germany

IsraelMilitosyan
Weight Lifting
Soviet Union
Nicu Vlad
Weight Lifting
Romania

2000
Sydney

Jamaican Team
4x400m

SusanthikaJayasinghe
200m
Sri Lanka

TanyaLawrence
100m
Jamaica

Eui-Jae Moon
Wrestling
Korea

Maria Olaru
Gymnastics
Romania

RaemaRumbewas
Weight Lifting
Indonesia

EkateriniThanou
100m
Greece

Wenxiong Wu
Weight Lifting
China

2002
Salt Lake City

StefaniaBelmondo
Skiing
Italy

MikhailBotvinov
Skiing
Austria

KaterinaNeumannova
Skiing
Czech Republic
KaterinaNeumannova
Skiing
Czech Republic

Beckie Scott
Skiing
Canada

JulijaTchepalova
Skiing
Russia

AndrusVeerpalu
Skiing
Estonia

2004
Athens

Bobby Julich
Cycling
U.S.

Chris Kappler
Equestrian
U.S.

NadineKleinert
Shot-Put
Germany

Igor Razoronov
Weight Lifting
Ukraine

Swedish Team
Equestrian

Ivan Tsikhan
Hammer Throw
Belarus

2006
Torino

Martina Beck
Biathlon
Germany

2008
Beijing
FabianCancellara
Cycling
Switzerland

HyleasFountain
Heptathlon
U.S.

Zongliang Tan
Shooting
China

Nicholas Willis
1,500m
New Zealand

2012
London

EvgeniiaKolodko
Shot-Put
Russia

Yanfeng Li
Discus Throw
China

Tianfeng Si
50km Walk
China

Trinidadian Team
4x100m

In at least 54 cases, athletes who were eventually
awarded a bronze missed out on the chance to
stand on the podium as an Olympic medalist.

Athletes Who Retroactively Won Bronze
1968
Mexico City

French Team
Pentathlon

1972
Munich

Tom McBreen
Swimming
U.S.

1976
Innsbruck

NinaBaldycheva
Skiing
Soviet Union

1976
Montreal

Peter Baczako
Weight Lifting
Hungary

KazimierzCzarnecki
Weight Lifting
Poland

TadueszRutkowski
Weight Lifting
Poland

1984
Los Angeles

VictorDolipschi
Wrestling
Romania

Mike Musyoki
10,000m
Kenya

1988
Seoul
PeterImmesberger
Weight Lifting
West Germany

Jinhe Li
Weight Lifting
China

Shoubin Liu
Weight Lifting
China

Calvin Smith
100m
U.S.

Michael Swain
Judo
U.S.

2000
Sydney

Bahamian Team
4x400m

Adam Bereket
Wrestling
Turkey

AndreyChemerkin
Weight Lifting
Russia

Sri Indriyani
Weight Lifting
Indonesia

TatyanaKotova
Long Jump
Russia

Xuan Liu
Gymnastics
China

BeverlyMcDonald
200m
Jamaica

GennadyOleshchuk
Weight Lifting
Belarus
Merlene Ottey
100m
Jamaica

XiangxiangZhang
Weight Lifting
China

2002
Salt Lake City

Viola Bauer
Skiing
Germany

StefaniaBelmondo
Skiing
Italy

Per Elofsson
Skiing
Sweden

Odd-BjornHjelmeset
Skiing
Norway

KaterinaNeumannova
Skiing
Czech Republic

BenjamainRaich
Slalom
Austria

Bente Skari
Skiing
Norway

KristenSkjeldal
Skiing
Norway

JulijaTchepalova
Skiing
Russia

2004
Athens

Esref Apak
Hammer Throw
Turkey
ReyhanArabacioglu
Weight Lifting
Turkey

Australian Team
Rowing

German Team
Equestrian

MarcoKutscher
Equestrian
Germany

GlebPisarevskiy
Weight Lifting
Russia

V. Pospisilova-Cechlova
Discus Throw
Czech Republic

Israel Rubio
Weight Lifting
Venezuela

2006
Torino

AlbinaAkhatova
Biathlon
Russia

2008
Beijing

DylanArmstrong
Shot-Put
Canada

Mehdi Baala
1,500m
France

TatyanaChernova
Heptathlon
Russia

Vladimir Isakov
Shooting
Russia
AlexandrKolobnev
Cycling
Russia

Swiss Team
Equestrian

Jason Turner
Shooting
U.S.

2012
London

Yarelys Barrios
Discus Throw
Cuba

French Team
4x100m

Lijiao Gong
Shot-Put
China

SiripuchGulnoi
Weight Lifting
Thailand

Gabor Hatos
Wrestling
Hungary

Rob Heffernan
50km Walk
Ireland

Here are the athletes whose medals
were taken away because of doping.

When gold medalists are caught doping, the effect of changing the official records is multiplied because every medal in their event is reassigned. Seven years after the 2000 Summer Olympics, Marion Jones was stripped of all five of her medals, three gold and two bronze. That ultimately affected the standing of seven other athletes.
Athletes Who Lost Their Medals Because of Doping
1968
Mexico City

Hans-GunnarLiljenwall
Pentathlon
Sweden

1972
Munich

Rick DeMont
Swimming
U.S.

BakhaavaaBuidaa
Judo
Mongolia

Aad Hoek
Cycling
Netherlands

JaimeHuelamo
Cycling
Spain

1976
Innsbruck

GalinaKulakova
Skiing
Russia

1976
Montreal

ValentinHristov
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

ZbigniewKaczmarek
Weight Lifting
Poland

BlagoyBlagoev
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

1984
Los Angeles
TomasJohansson
Wrestling
Sweden

Martti Vainio
10,000m
Finland

1988
Seoul

Mitko Grablev
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

AngelGuenchev
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

Ben Johnson
100m
Canada

Andor Szanyi
Weight Lifting
Hungary

Kerrith Brown
Judo
Britain

2000
Sydney

IzabelaDragneva
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

Marion Jones
100m
U.S.

Marion Jones
200m
U.S.

Marion Jones
4x400m
U.S.

AlexanderLeipold
Wrestling
Germany
AntonioPettigrew
4x400m
U.S.

AndreeaRaducan
Gymnastics
Romania

Ivan Ivanov
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

LanceArmstrong
Cycling
U.S.

AshotDanielyan
Weight Lifting
Armenia

Marion Jones
Long Jump
U.S.

Marion Jones
4x100m
U.S.

SevdalinMinchev
Weight Lifting
Bulgaria

2002
Salt Lake City

Olga Danilova
Skiing
Russia

Larisa Lazutina
Skiing
Russia

JohannMuehlegg
Skiing
Spain

JohannMuehlegg
Skiing
Spain

JohannMuehlegg
Skiing
Spain
Olga Danilova
Skiing
Russia

Larisa Lazutina
Skiing
Russia

Larisa Lazutina
Skiing
Russia

Alain Baxter
Slalom
Britain

2004
Athens

Adrián Annus
Hammer Throw
Hungary

LudgerBeerbaum
Equestrian
Germany

Yuriy Bilonog
Shot-Put
Ukraine

Crystal Cox
4x400m
U.S.

Tyler Hamilton
Cycling
U.S.

IrinaKorzhanenko
Shot-Put
Russia

Cian O'Connor
Equestrian
Ireland

FerencGyurkovics
Weight Lifting
Hungary

Ivan Tsikhan
Hammer Throw
Belarus
SvetlanaKrivelyova
Shot-Put
Russia

OlenaOlefirenko
Rowing
Ukraine

OlegPerepetchenov
Weight Lifting
Russia

LeonidasSampanis
Weight Lifting
Greece

IrinaYatchenko
Discus Throw
Belarus

2006
Torino

Olga Pyleva
Biathlon
Russia

2008
Beijing

Rashid Ramzi
1,500m
Bahrain

LyudmylaBlonska
Heptathlon
Ukraine

Jong Kim
Shooting
North Korea

Sibel Ozkan
Weight Lifting
Turkey

DavideRebellin
Cycling
Italy

Tony Hansen
Equestrian
Norway
Jong Kim
Shooting
North Korea

AndreiMikhnevich
Shot-Put
Belarus

2012
London

Asli Alptekin
1,500m
Turkey

SergeiKirdyapkin
50km Walk
Russia

NadzeyaOstapchuk
Shot-Put
Belarus

Tyson Gay
4x100m
U.S.

DaryaPishchalnikova
Discus Throw
Russia

Yulia Kalina
Weight Lifting
Ukraine

Soslan Tigiev
Wrestling
Uzbekistan

Sometimes it takes years for
athletes to receive their medals.

Before the 2000 Sydney Games, most of the doping violations were caught during or shortly after the Olympics. More recently, old samples have been retested using modern methods of analysis, leading officials to reassign medals long after the Games ended.
In total, 42 medals were stripped after the closing ceremonies. In 31 cases, medals were stripped more than a year after the end of the Games.
How Long It Took Before Medals Were Stripped
1 year23456789101112131 year2345678910111213Lance Armstrong, cyclingMarion Jones, track and fieldAlain Baxter, Alpine skiingTyler Hamilton, cycling19681972197619841988200020022004200620082012Medal reawardedMedal not reawarded

Chinese athletes were cheated out of 10 medals,
but never had to surrender one because of doping.

Since 1968, Olympic medalists from Russia and the United States were caught doping the most, but those countries also gained a similar number of upgraded medals.

China
0
10
+10
France
0
4
+4
Jamaica
0
4
+4
Norway
1
5
+4
Czech Republic
0
4
+4
Australia
0
3
+3
Austria
0
3
+3
Germany
2
5
+3
Romania
1
4
+3
U.S.
11
13
+2
Bahamas
0
2
+2
Canada
1
3
+2
East Germany
0
2
+2
Indonesia
0
2
+2
Italy
1
3
+2
Kenya
0
2
+2
New Zealand
0
2
+2
Switzerland
0
2
+2
Cuba
0
2
+2
Brazil
0
1
+1
Estonia
0
1
+1
Japan
0
1
+1
Korea
0
1
+1
Nigeria
0
1
+1
Sri Lanka
0
1
+1
Thailand
0
1
+1
Trinidad and Tobago
0
1
+1
Turkey
2
3
+1
Venezuela
0
1
+1
West Germany
0
1
+1
Yugoslavia
0
1
+1
Poland
1
2
+1
Britain
2
2
0
Russia/Soviet Union
12
12
0
Greece
1
1
0
Ireland
1
1
0
Sweden
2
2
0
Unified Team
0
0
0
Armenia
1
0
–1
Bahrain
1
0
–1
Finland
1
0
–1
Hungary
3
2
–1
Netherlands
1
0
–1
Uzbekistan
1
0
–1
Belarus
4
2
–2
North Korea
2
0
–2
Ukraine
4
1
–3
Spain
4
0
–4
Bulgaria
7
2
–5

Notes: Stripped medalists only include those who had their medals revoked after the Olympic medals ceremony, due to doping, and does not include medals that have been reinstated. Upgraded medalists only include those who did not receive their new medal at the official Olympic medals ceremony. In the case of team medals, one medal is counted per team.