Modzmanashvili stripped of 2012 Olympic silver medal

Davit Modzmanashvili, who was awarded the silver medal in men's freestyle competition at 120 kilograms/264 pounds at the 2012 London Olympics, has been stripped of his medal.

Davit Modzmanashvili
Wrestling for Georgia, Modzmanashvili was disqualified after a re-analysis of his samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (oral turinabol), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Thursday.

"The IOC is currently conducting additional analyses on the samples collected from the Olympic Games London 2012," according to the statement announcing Modzmanashvili's disqualification. "This programme, which uses the latest scientific analysis methods, aims to test samples for all substances prohibited in 2012."

The IOC added that its reanalysis program for athlete samples taken during the 2012 London Olympics will continue in 2019 before the statute of limitations is reached by 2020.

Modzmanashvili, now 37, participated in the 2012 Games as a member of the team of the National Olympic Committee of Georgia, which has been under the jurisdiction of the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan since 2017.

At the 2012 Olympics, Modzmanashvili lost to Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan in the gold-medal match in men's freestyle at 120 kg. Earning bronze medals in that weight class were Iran's Komeil Ghasemi and Bilyal Makhov of Russia. Team USA's representative in that weight class, Tervel Dlagnev, placed fifth. He did not compete against Modzmanashvili in the London Games; in fact, Dlagnev was on the opposite side of the bracket from the just-disqualified wrestler. Modzmanashvili's disqualification is not expected to result in Dlagnev earning a medal.


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