Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Mariya Savinova: Russian London 2012 gold medalist stripped of title

Mariya Savinova: Russian London 2012 gold medalist stripped of title

Savinova will also lose her 800m gold from the 2011 World Championships and the European Championships in 2010.

In the latest documentary from German channel ARD, the first of which sparked the first WADA Independent Commission probe, Russian track and field athlete Andrey Dmitriev alleged Kazarin was still working in the sport despite his suspension.

Russia's Mariya Savinova-Farnosova has been stripped of her 800m London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday imposed a four-year ban saying there was "clear evidence" she used performance-enhancing drugs.

Semenya grabbed silver in the English capital but that looks set to be upgraded to gold following Savinova-Farnosova's disqualification.

South Africa's double silver medllist Caster Semenya is now in line to be promoted to gold in both the 2012 Olympics and 2011 World Championships.

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Unfortunately for Meadows, so often a victim of cheats during her career, Savinova keeps the 2010 world indoor title she narrowly beat the British runner to as that race was in March, four months before the European championships.

The six-meet IAAF Golden League was discontinued the following season to pave way for the current IAAF Diamond League circuit.

The CAS acted as first instance decision-making authority in the arbitration between the IAAF, the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) and Savinova, substituting for RusAF, which was suspended at the time the matter was ready to be adjudicated.

Another Russian finalist from the 2012 final, Yelena Arzhakova, has already been banned and Ekaterina Poistogova, who took the bronze medal, is under investigation for doping.

Pamela Jelimo of Kenya was fourth and is now in contention for a medal.

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