Last March, Latvian athletes won 11 gold medals at Toruń indoors worlds in Poland, including an M35 thrower (nearing 39) named Sandris Linbergs. In 2018, he was listed on the World Athletics (formerly IAAF) site as the 1040th best discus thrower in the world.
At Torun, however, he tested positive for “a prohibited substance, its metabolites or markers.” And this week World Masters Athletics announced he was given a four-year suspension through March 23, 2023.
“As the result of this suspension, there will be a reallocation of the results shot put M35 and the results and medal places in the subsequent javelin and discus M35,” WMA said. “Please note the relevant athletes will be contacted directly in due course.”
Sandris — who turns 40 in September 2020 — was sixth in the shot at 14.21 meters (46-7 1/2) but won gold in the javelin (yes, they hold it outdoors) at 62.43 (204-10) and silver in the discus at 46.77 (153-5). (Complete results are here.)
So here are the new world medalists in the javelin:
- Gold LEWIN Dominik M35 Germany GER 55.53
- Silver NOVAK Carsten M35 Germany GER 48.99
- Bronze KINAL Grzegorz M35 Poland POL 46.40
And the discus:
- Gold JACKOW Krzysztof M35 Poland POL 48.19
- Silver BISCHLAGER Christoph M35 Germany GER 45.90
- Bronze KOMINEK Andrzej M35 Poland POL 43.55
No Americans contested those throws in that age group.
The IAAF lists Sandris as having an all-time javelin PR of 71.56 (234-9). So he wasn’t world class.
I’m writing Latvian and WMA officials to learn more about his case and what they found in his system. I’m also contacting him via other channels.
Meanwhile, his discus form looks pretty good in this 2017 video, showing him using all of the ring.
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