Adam Nelson, LetsRun and the world assumed that the two-time Olympic silver medallist's (and 3-time WChamp silver medallist) quest for Olympic gold had come to an end in July when the 37 year old failed to make the 2012 US Olympic team.
If you read this:
you'll see that reports are now out that the the winner of the 2004 shot put title - Yuriy Bilonoh of the Ukraine - is one of the athletes whose doping samples came back as positive when the IOC recently decided to re-test 105 samples before the 8-year statute of limitations expired.
It seems that the IOC only re-tested 110 of 3,000 + stored samples and only did so after a German tv station aired a report saying that the IOC wasn't gonig to re-test anything. 5 of those 110 came back positive.
2004 100m champ Justin Gatlin's samples for some unexplainable reason in my mind - were not re-tested.
The AP is now reporting that the IOC is going to hold hearings soon for the 5 athletes, including Yuriy Bilonoh, who came back as positive.
If Bilonoh is DQd, Nelson will be elevated to gold:
The re-testing of old samples is a key aspect of any credible anti-doping movement. It's a shame all of the old samples weren't re-tested.