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Amalaha during the women's 53kg event.
Amalaha during the women's 53kg event.
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16-year-old weightlifter banned after testing positive for doping at Commonwealth Games

Nigerian teenager Chika Amalaha became the youngest ever gold medallist in the event this week.
Jul 29th 2014, 11:40 AM 16,644 42

NIGERIAN TEEN WEIGHTLIFTER Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games after testing positive in a doping test taken after she won gold in the women’s 53kg category, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced this morning.

The 16-year-old Amalaha provided an ‘A’ sample on July 25 which revealed traces of diuretics and masking agents.

She will have a ‘B’ sample tested at a laboratory in London on 30 July.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said: “We [have] issued a formal notice of disclosure to an athlete following an adverse analytical finding as a consequence of an in-competition test.

That athlete is Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha who was tested on July 25th. That athlete has now been suspended from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”

Amalaha snatched a best of 85kg before managing 111kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 196kg, to become the youngest Commonwealth weightlifter gold medallist.

Britain Commonwealth Games Amalaha kisses her gold medal. Source: Alastair Grant

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