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Russian Olympic Medalist Suspected Of Doping

Russian olympian wearing anti-doping shirt

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Alexander Krushelnitckii is the male-half of a Russian mixed-doubles Winter Olympics curling team. He won a bronze medal in South Korea with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, who went viral on social media.

Krushelnitckii, though, has reportedly failed a drug test. He is suspected of doping.

The Russian curler is suspected of having tested positive for meldonium, according to Reuters. This could lead to the forfeiture of medals.

The Sun has more details:

Russian website Sport Express claim the A test submitted by the athlete showed traces of the substance which is used to treat heart attack victims. It is the same drug tennis ace Maria Sharapova had in her system when she failed a drugs test. They claim IOC bosses have yet to confirm the positive test, but that the B sample will be analysed in Pyeongchang tomorrow.

Krushelnitckii allegedly claims that his drink might have been spiked by a disgruntled rival. The meldonium is believed to have hit his system two weeks before the test was provided. The couple won Russia's first-ever medal in curling. Stay tuned for more details.