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MOSCOW, April 16 (R-Sport) – The Russian Athletics Federation said Tuesday it has banned a pole vaulter for two years after he tested positive for steroids.
Ivan Gertlein, who won team bronze at the Russian championships in Sochi last year, failed a drug test on October 15, 2012 and was suspended from competition a few weeks later by the country's anti-doping agency.
Federation officials said Gertlein had elevated levels of the testosterone booster DHEA. The 25-year-old’s ineligibility is backdated to October 31, 2012, and ends October 30, 2014.
Gertlein has a personal best of 5.55 meters, and is ranked by the athletics federation as Russia’s ninth-best vaulter. He placed 11th in the individual national championship last year.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.