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Women’s points race: Calle Williams positive, Mirabella gets bronze

By Agence France Presse

Mirabella in the points race

Mirabella in the points race

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Colombian cyclist Maria Luisa Calle Williams, bronze medalist in last week’s Olympic women’s points race, has tested positive for a banned stimulant and has been stripped of her medal, the International Olympic Committee announced on Sunday.

As a result, American Erin Mirabella has been awarded the bronze medal, the only American track-cycling medal of this year’s Games. Mirabella’s bronze brings the total medal count for American cyclists to four along with Tyler Hamilton’s gold, Dede Demet Barry’s silver and Bobby Julich’s bronze in the individual time trial on August 18.

Traces of Heptaminol – a cardiac stimulant and vasodilator – were found in a urine sample taken after the race. Calle Williams, 35, denied taking a banned substance and the Colombian delegation said no drugs were detected in an out-of-competition test which it had carried out. But the IOC ruled that she should be disqualified from the cycling competition.

Russian Olga Slyusareva won the 100-lap race at the Olympic velodrome on Wednesday.

Slyusareva was quiet early in the race, while Calle Williams and Mexico’s Belem Guerrero Mendez traded the lead, but the Russian won two straight sprints at lap 80 and 90, putting her over the top.

Mirabella, meanwhile had been aggressive early on as well, taking second in the first of 10 sprints, netting her three points. She added six more points later in the race. Coming into the final sprint the American still had a chance at a medal, but she said she was so “cross-eyed” she didn’t even know it.

“I had no idea I was fourth,” Mirabella said last Wednesday.

Because of the Colombian’s apparent use of Heptaminol, she’s now a medalist.Revised Results – Women’s Points race
1. Olga Slyusareva (Russia), 20 pts
2. Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mexico), 14
Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)Disqualified for doping
3. Erin Mirabella (USA), 9
4. Vera Carrara (Italy), 8
5. Sarah Ulmer (New Zealand), 8
6. Gema Pascual (Spain), 7
7. Katherine Bates (Australia), 7
8. Katrin Meinke (Germany), 5
9. Yoanka Gonzalez Perez (Cuba), 5
10. Adrie Visser (Netherlands), 5
11. Emma Davies (Great Britain), 4
12. Sonia Huguet (France), 2
13. Li Meifang (China), 1
14. Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic), 0
15. Kyriaki Konstantinidou (Greece), -18
16. Kim Yong-mi (Korea), -19
17. Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukraine), -20
Santia Tri Kusuma (India), abandon

INTERNATIONALOLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESS RELEASE
SUNDAY 29 AUGUST 2004
IOC sanctions cyclist Maria Luisa Calle Williams for failing anti-doping testThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that cyclist Maria Luisa Calle Williams from Colombia has been disqualified from the women’s Points Race event, in which she had placed third on 25 August for failing an anti-doping test carried out by the IOC.Maria Luisa Calle Williams, 35, tested positive for Heptaminol, a prohibited stimulant.During the hearing held by the Disciplinary Commission, the athlete categorically denied having taken a prohibited substance. The delegation also stated that, as part of its own out-of-competition testing programme, the Colombian Olympic Committee had tested the athlete and the result was negative.After hearing the delegation and its arguments, which included the possibility that the positive analytical finding was due to the bio-transformation of a non-prohibited substance, the Disciplinary Commission concluded that, even had there been bio-transformation, this would not change the applicability of the principle of strict liability in this case. After having heard the report of the Disciplinary Commission, the IOC Executive Board today decided that Maria Luisa Calle Williams:Is disqualified from the women’s Points Race event, in which she had placed third.The International Cycling Federation (UCI) is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.The Colombian Olympic Committee is ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the bronze medal and diploma awarded to the athlete in relation to the above-noted event.This decision shall enter into force immediately.

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