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Russian cyclist sent home

Victoria Baranova

The Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova failed a pre-Olympics dope test for testosterone and was sent home by her national federation, the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed today.

Baranova, 22, was set to compete in the women’s keirin at the velodrome this evening, an event in which she is ranked No 2 in the world and was a serious threat to Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton for the gold medal.

“It is the result of a test carried out by the IOC before the Games. She has admitted to taking a banned substance and was sent home two or three days ago,” said the UCI spokesman, Enrico Carpani.

“We have been working closely with the IOC and we are very happy with this collaboration, which strengthens our fight against doping,” Carpani said.

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