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Mongolia loses wrestling gold, promoting Việt Nam’s ranking in ASIAD

Update: September, 07/2018 - 16:50
Orkhon Purevdorj (in red). — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has annulled the victory of Mongolian wrestler Orkhon Purevdorj in the women’s 62kg category at the freshly-concluded Asian Games 2018 (ASIAD) in Indonesia due to testing positive for banned substances.

The OCA said the Mongolian athlete tested positive on August 20 for anabolic androgenic steroids – a substance banned in athletic competitions according to the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This means Mongolia lost one gold in the wrestling competition, putting their total number of medals at four golds, nine silvers, and 11 bronzes. Mongolia dropped to 17th place in the medal tally, allowing Việt Nam to leap into 16th position.

Việt Nam finished the games with four gold, 16 silver, and 18 bronze medals. This is the second highest ranking in the history of Việt Nam at ASIAD. In 2002, the country won four gold, seven silver, and seven bronze medals at ASIAD in the Republic of Korea, ranking 15th overall in the medal tally. — VNS

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