Caster Semenya will have to wait for unexpected Olympic gold

12 February, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Mariya Savinova

That will include the Olympic and world titles a silver medal from the Moscow world championships and a gold medal from the 2010 European championships.

Mariya Savinova, Russia's gold medal-winning runner, has been stripped of her 2012 London Olympics 800-meter medal along with numerous other awards and is banned from competition until 2019.

CAS said all prizes won between July 26, 2010 and August 19, 2013, are forfeited.

The decision sees Semenya add a second Olympic title to her name having emerged victorious in the 800m in Rio previous year.

In 2014, Savinova-Farnosova was filmed undercover by Russian doping whistle-blower Yulia Stepanova, and appeared to admit to injecting banned substances.

Although it is a formality, the gold must still officially be given to Semenya, the 2016 Olympic champion.

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Russian Ekaterina Poistogova had finished third in the race at the London Games, but she is also on the list of athletes WADA is recommending a lifetime ban for.

Savinova beat South Africa's Caster Semenya into second at the London Olympics and the 2011 Worlds in Daegu.

Savinova, now 31, has not raced since 2013 and was one of five Russian athletes named in a World Anti-Doping Agency report which called for a life-time ban against her.

CAS, in its statement, explained that it was acting as the "first instance decision-making authority for this matter" since the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) is suspended and was not available to adjudicate the case.

Savinova joins a long list of Russian athletes who have been punished for their part in the country's state-sponsored doping programme.

Speaking shortly after the Wada report was released, Semenya said earning the gold in this way would nearly be an empty victory.

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