The first Olympic medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been stripped, according to the Associated Press, and the honor goes to … drum roll, please … Kyrgyzstan weightlifter Izzat Artykov.
The International Olympic Committee stripped Artykov of his bronze medal in men’s weightlifting after he tested positive for strychnine, per Olympics Journalists’ Association president Steve Wilson.
1st Rio medal stripped for doping: Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan loses bronze in weightlifting after positive test for strychnine
— Steve Wilson (@stevewilsonap) August 18, 2016
Strychnine is a potent stimulant, perhaps better known for its ability as a highly poisonous substance capable of sending humans into convulsions, asphyxia and eventually death in doses of 30-100 milligrams. Its first known use in the Olympics occurred in 1904, when AmericanRead More »from The first Rio de Janeiro Olympian has been stripped of a medal for doping