1,500-meter champ stripped of Beijing gold medal

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 1:58pm

Bahraini middle-distance runner Rashid Ramzi was stripped of his 1,500-meter Olympic gold medal Wednesday and four other athletes were disqualified for doping at the Beijing Games.

Fifteen months after the games, the International Olympic Committee took action against the five athletes who tested positive in April in retroactive tests for CERA, an advanced version of the blood-boosting drug EPO.