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Dominican weightlifter’s “B” sample negative

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – The Dominican Olympic Committee has cleared weightlifter Yudelquis Contreras of doping allegations after her “B” sample came back negative.

Contreras was one of six athletes (and the only weightlifter) competing at last year’s Beijing Olympics who had tested positive for CERA, an advanced version of the blood-boosting drug EPO, during the re-analysis of some samples by the IOC. The Dominican Olympic Committee said Wednesday her “B” sample did not show any traces of the drug.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams confirmed that the “B” sample was negative, but that the IOC was waiting for a full report from the doping lab before commenting further on the case.

Contreras finished fifth in the 53-kilogram category in Beijing. She could have faced a two-year suspension.