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Annus announces retirement over Fazekas doping

Olympic hammer throw champion Adrian Annus said that he is retiring from athletics after his teammate Robert Fazekas had his discus gold withdrawn after failing a drugs test.
PTI | By Associated Press, Budapest
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2004 11:09 PM IST

Olympic hammer throw champion Adrian Annus said on Thursday that he is retiring from athletics because of the way he and his teammate, discus thrower Robert Fazekas, have been treated by Olympic authorities in Athens.

Fazekas had his discus gold withdrawn after failing a drug test and Hungarian officials say the Olympic authorities are looking for Annus to test him as well.

Fazekas, 29, and Annus, 31, share the same coach and spokesman. "The events have deeply disturbed Annus and he can't accept that he has to return home humiliated," spokesman Pal T Gabor told the state-run news agency MTI. "He is planning to retire from his sporting career."

Hungarian officials say that Fazekas was disqualified for not being able to produce the required amount of urine for a doping test after winning the gold on Monday.

The Hungarian Olympic Committee on Thursday asked the International Olympic Committee to analyze the small urine sample Fazekas provided because "Fazekas finds it very difficult to accept his disqualification."

After returning to Hungary on Thursday, Fazekas again denied the doping accusations and vowed to win gold again at the next Olympics in 2008.

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