Winter Olympics: Doping Case Overshadows Russia’s First Gold Medal At Pyeongchang Games

| February 24 , 2018 , 13:54 IST

Russia’s first gold medal at Pyeongchang Games 2018 was marred by a fresh doping case. Bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeyeva on Friday, tested positive for a "heart medicine" which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances.

This is Russia’s second doping case at Games after curler Alexander Krushelnitsky got stripped of his mixed double bronze. All these accusations hamper the country’s case of avoiding suspension following major drugs scandal in Sochi Winter Olympics 2014.

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"A doping test by the pilot of the Russian team Nadezhda Sergeyeva on 18 February gave a positive result for a heart medicine that is on the banned list," a Russian bobsleigh federation statement said. She was placed 14th in the Woman’s bobsleigh on Wednesday.

Even with an extra screen of doping tests, Russians account for half of the drug cases in Pyeongchang.

Previously, Russian figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova secured the first Gold Medal for the country. At the age of 15, she has become the youngest Olympian to achieve the Gold Medal for the neutrally flagged Olympic athlete from Russia team.

Zagitova scored exactly the same as Evgenia Medvedeva in the free skate but edged the 18-year-old two-time world champion by 1.31 points thanks to her sublime, world-record short programme on Thursday.