Vita Pavlysh

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Vita Pavlysh
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Ukraine
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1997 Athens Shot put
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Edmonton Shot put
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Paris Shot put
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Paris Shot put
Disqualified 1999 Maebashi Shot put
Disqualified 2004 Budapest Shot put
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Helsinki Shot put
Gold medal – first place 1998 Budapest Shot put
IAAF World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1998 Johannesburg Shot put

Vita Pavlysh (Віта Павлиш in Ukrainian, born January 15, 1969 in Ukraine) is a former track and field athlete who specialized in the shot put.

Pavlysh was stripped of her 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medal after she had tested positive for anabolic steroid stanozolol at the event in Maebashi, Japan. She claimed that she may have taken the drug to aid her recovery from injury. For this offence she received a two-year ban.

Five years later at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary she won the title again only to fail the drug test for the same reason. She was again stripped of her title and banned from athletics for life.[1]

Whether because of her drug-use or not, Pavlysh was famed for her very muscular lower body. During a state television show her middle-thigh was measured at 98cms and her calf at 65cms.

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