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Zhang gets gold medal back after doping ban overturned

By Associated Press
Zhang gets gold medal back after doping ban overturned
China's Zhang Wenxiu is wrapped in her national flag after winning the final of the women's hammer throw athletics event during the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon on Sept 28, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU)

KUWAIT CITY — The Olympic Council of Asia has returned an Asian Games gold medal to Chinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu after overturning a doping ban.

Zhang won the women's hammer throw at the Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea, last September, but was later disqualified and stripped of the medal after a pre-competition test showed traces of the prohibited substance zeranol in her sample.

The three-time Asian Games champion lodged an appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in October, saying her positive case resulted from contaminated food.

The OCA issued a statement Wednesday saying that based on further tests, it recognized that Zhang did not commit a doping violation and planned to return the medal.

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