February 25, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) An 18-year-old Russian race-walker has been banned for doping.

The Russian athletics federation says Evgeny Pantyushin was sanctioned for nine months, backdated to Oct. 1, after the banned steroid prednisolone was found in his system at the national championships.

Pantyushin trained under Russia head walking coach Viktor Chegin, who was being investigated by the IAAF because at least 16 of his other athletes were issued bans in recent years. More positive tests have come from athletes who trained at a center under his management.

Last month, five Russian walkers who trained under Chegin, three of them Olympic gold medalists, received bans for doping. The head of the athletics federation resigned in response.

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