N Korean shooter stripped of medals
By Joe Havely in Beijing
"I feel the figures are rather encouraging" --Proffessor Arne Ljungqvist, head of IOC medical commission.
Two-time North Korean shooting medalist Kim Jong Su has been stripped of his Olympics silver and bronze medals and expelled from the games after failing a doping test.
Kim, who won a silver medal in the men's 50m pistol and bronze in the 10m pistol, tested positive for having taken propanolol, a banned beta-blocker drug, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday.
Beta-blockers, which slow the heart-rate, can be used to prevent trembling limbs in events such as shooting.
Vietnamese gymnast Do Thi Ngan Thuong also tested positive for taking the banned diuretic furosemide, officials said.
Thuong finished in last place in the women's floor exercise.
The two are the second and third confirmed cases of doping at the Beijing games, where the IOC is conducting a record 4,500 drug tests.
The first involved Spanish cyclist Maria Isobel who tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO, from a sample taken before the Olympics started.
She was expelled from the games on Monday, although had apparently already left Beijing earlier of her own accord.
Why the athletes again, continued to use the banned drugs, Do they know that 'doping' is unacceptable in the 'sports world'.? I'm just asking--danesller