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Azerbaijani Runner Disqualified For Doping At European Games

An Azerbaijani runner was suspended on June 27 for doping after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase run one week ago in the European Games, which are being held in Azerbaijan.

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) said that the urine sample from 18-year-old runner Chaltu Beji -- a native of Ethiopia -- contained osterine, a banned substance.

She was charged with an antidoping rule violation, which suspends her from participating in the European Games and disqualifies her from the 3,000-meter steeplechase which she won on June 21.

The gold medal will now go to Olesea Smovjenco of Moldova, who finished second in the event.

The result has no effect on the track and field team competition, which was won by Slovakia. Azerbaijan finished fifth.

The European Games are due to close on June 28.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP