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Burmese Weight lifter Kyi Kyi Than tested positive at Asian Games


On a day when the football tournament and athletics were supposed to be the highlights, doping drew the attention when a female Burmese weightlifter was disqualified from the 15th Asian Games in Doha today.

Officials say Than Kyi Kyi tested positive for a banned diuretic, after placing fourth in the 48 kilogram weightlifting event December second. She waived her right to have tests run on her second urine sample.

Diuretics are on the list of banned substances because they can be used to mask illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

Iraq and Iran both qualified for the semifinals of the men's soccer tournament. Both quarterfinals went to extra time, with Iraq beating Uzbekistan, 2-1, and Iran beating China, 8-7, on penalties after the teams were level, 2-2, after two extra periods.

In athletics, Saudi Arabia's Yahya Hassan Habeeb won the men's 100 meters race in 10.32 seconds. Kazakhstan's Guzel Khubbieva took the women's race in 11.27 seconds.

China's Zhou Chunxiu won the women's marathon in two hours, 27 minutes, three seconds. Chinese cyclists won both events at the track. Feng Yong won the men's one-kilometer time trial. Guo Shuang won the women's 500 meter time trial event.

In Badminton, China's Gao Ling and Huang Sui won the women's doubles title in three sets. Athens Olympic champion Taufik Hidyat of Indonesia won the men's singles title by beating world number one Lin Dan of China in straight sets.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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