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Ali Saidi-Sief (Arabic: علي سعيدي سياف‎, born March 15, 1978) is an Algerian Olympic runner. His speciality is the 1500 m race, but he took a silver medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics for the 5000 m, losing the gold to Ethiopian athlete Million Wolde.[1]

Ali Saïdi-Sief
Personal information
BornMarch 18, 1978 (1978-03-18) (age 41)
Constantine, Algeria

Saidi-Sief received a two-year suspension from the International Association of Athletics Federations after failing a urine test at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada by testing positive for nandrolone, a banned performance-enhancing steroid. A second expert examination at a laboratory in Cologne showed that a supplement he had been taking (Peruvat) contained nandrolone, which was not in the labelled ingredients. This did not affect his doping ban, as the rules apply strict athlete liability, but he vowed to seek compensation from the manufacturer.[2]

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  1. ^ "Athletes". Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  2. ^ Panapress: German lab finds suspended Algerian athlete innocent 20 September 2001

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hicham El Guerrouj
Men's 3.000m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Hailu Mekonnen