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Vita Pavlysh

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Nationality  Ukrainian
Role  Olympic athlete
Turned pro  1987
Name  Vita Pavlysh
Retired  2004
Event(s)  Shot put
Weight  85 kg
Sport  Athletics
Height  1.74 m

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Native name  Vіktoҏіya anatolіїvna Pavpish
Full name  Viktoriya Anatoliivna Pavlysh
Born  15 January 1969 (age 46) (1969-01-15) Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Country  Soviet Union (1987-1991) Unified Team (1992) Ukraine (1993-2004)

Viktoriya Anatoliïvna Pavlysh (Ukrainian: Вікторія Анатопіївна Павпиш; born January 15, 1969 in Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a former track and field athlete who specialized in the shot put.

Pavlysh was stripped of her 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medal after she had tested positive for anabolic steroid stanozolol at the event in Maebashi, Japan. She claimed that she may have taken the drug to aid her recovery from injury. For this offence she received a two-year ban.

Five years later at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary she won the title again only to fail the drug test for the same reason. She was again stripped of her title and banned from athletics for life.

Whether because of her drug-use or not, Pavlysh was famed for her very muscular lower body. During a state television show her middle-thigh was measured at 98 cm and her calf at 65 cm.

References

Vita Pavlysh Wikipedia


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