Israeli Record-breaking Sprinter May Be Stripped of Title for Skipping Drug Test

Olga Lansky maintains rumors of drug abuse are 'all lies,' willing to be tested after landing back in Israel.

Uri Talshir
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Sprinter Olga Lansky in action.
Sprinter Olga Lansky in action.Credit: Sharon Bukov
Uri Talshir
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Israel’s newly minted record-breaker in the 100-meter sprint may have to give back the title because she did not take the mandatory drug test after the race, Ynet reported Tuesday morning.

Olga Lansky, 22, broke the record for the 100 meter dash on Saturday at the Hadar Yosef Stadium, running in 11.42 seconds, 0.3 seconds under the previous record set by the legendary Esther Roth-Shahamorov in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Various figures in the Anti-Doping Committee of Israel and in Israeli athletics said that this report would be checked with Lansky, who flew to Ukraine to be with her ailing grandmother. According to these individuals, Lansky will be summoned to appear before anti-doping officials and may be given a penalty or even have her result annulled.

“I say this is all lies and rumors,” Lansky told Haaretz. “I did not use any prohibited substances and I’m willing to take the test the moment I return to Israel. They told me I have to appear on Saturday at 6:30 P.M. at the Hadar Yosef Stadium for the test. I agreed and was on my way to the stadium when they called me and said the test was cancelled. They said, ‘we’ve got a mess here and we can’t do it today.’ I didn’t sign any document that requires me to appear for a drug test, and this doesn’t go against any law of the committee. That night I was told my grandmother is in a critical condition in the hospital in Ukraine and I had to leave the country. Right now my grandmother’s condition is more important to me than anything else.”

When asked whether she was worried that her record might be annulled, Lansky said: “They can annul it, I’m in great shape and I’ll break it again. The most important thing right now is my grandmother’s health.”

The Israeli Athletic Association said it had received a report that Lansky had not presented herself for drug testing. The association’s chairman, Doron Kaufman, said in an official statement: “Olga’s trip is completely against regulations and she will be required to give explanations to the Olympic Committee when she returns to Israel.”

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