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Russian Olympian Nadezhda Sergeev, Who Says She Doesn’t Dope, Tests Positive For Banned Substance

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Nadezhda Sergeev, life comes at you fast.

The Russian Olympian who is competing in the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea is the latest Russian athlete to test positive for a banned substance.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexander Zubkov confirmed that the bobsled pilot tested positive for trimetazidine, a medication used for angina pectoris, a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart, which falls under the list of substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“This won’t win us any extra credit,” Russian delegation leader Stanislav Pozdnyakov said, via SI. “Unfortunately this case speaks to negligence by the athlete. She has let us down.”

Sergeeva, who previously appeared in a video promoting the games wearing an “I Don’t Do Doping” t-shirt, previously competed in track and field as a heptathlete. Now a bobsledder, Sergeeva because the second Russian athlete at the PyeongChang Olympics to test positive. Russian curler Alexander Kurshelnitsky was the other athlete from the country to test positive, popping for meldonium and being stripped of his bronze medal.

Russia was banned from the 2018 Olympics, but athletes were cleared to compete under the Olympic flag as the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” delegation.

The Olympics wrap up on Sunday night with the Closing Ceremony at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

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