She will miss out on the Olympics.
Bad news for 2010 European marathon champion Zivile Balciunaite. According to a report filed on the Reuters Web site, the 33-year-old Balciunaite has lost her appeal against a two-year ban for doping.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Switzerland, endorsed last year’s decision by the national federation to ban her until September 6.
This means Balciunaite, who is Lithuanian, will miss out on the Summer Olympics.
At the 2010 European Championships, she took gold in 2:31:14, but later tested positive for traces of banned synthetic steroids.
She has denied doping.
Balciunaite will have to return the gold medal, which will be given to Russia’s Nailya Yulamanova, who took silver in the event. She was the first Lithuanian athlete to win a gold medal in the European Championship’s history. She said the positive test was due to a drug she was prescribed by her gynecologist.