Heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska has been temporarily suspended pending a final ruling in her doping case at the Beijing Olympics.

International Olympic Committee spokeswoman Giselle Davies says the Ukrainian athlete has been removed from the start list for Friday`s long jump final.

The IOC`s disciplinary commission met to hear her case Thursday and decided to provisionally suspend her. The IOC`s ruling executive board will issue its final ruling Friday.

Blonska, who finished second in the heptathlon last Saturday, tested positive for a banned substance. If found guilty of doping, she will be stripped of the medal and expelled from the games.

Blonska also competed in the long jump and was third in qualifying.

Blonska is the highest profile athlete among the five who have tested positive so far at the games.

AP via Mercury News


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