Russia’s Natalya Antyukh stripped of London 2012 gold

Russia’s Natalya Antyukh stripped of London 2012 gold

Russia’s Natalya Antyukh stripped of London 2012 gold
Antyukh is the most recent in a string of Russian athletes to have their London 2012 medals taken again by authorities

Russia’s Natalya Antyukh has been stripped of 400m hurdles gold from London 2012 on the premise of historic knowledge from a Moscow testing laboratory.

Antyukh, now 41, is already serving a four-year ban after being named in a World Anti-Doping Company (Wada) investigation into dishonest by Russia.

American Lashinda Demus shall be promoted to gold in her place.

All three gold medals received on the observe by Russian athletes at London 2012 have now been rescinded on doping grounds.

Mariya Savinova and Yuliya Zaripova, the preliminary winners of 800m and 3000m steeplechase gold, have been disqualified.

Ivan Ukhov’s excessive bounce title and Tatyana Lysenko’s hammer victory within the discipline have additionally been wiped from the report books.

The McLaren Report, commissioned by Wada and printed in 2016, claimed that greater than 1,000 Russian athletes throughout varied sports activities had been concerned in a state-sponsored programme of systematic doping.

It added that London 2012 was “corrupted on an unprecedented scale”.

Brett Clothier, the pinnacle of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which disqualified Antyukh, stated it was dedicated to “clear and truthful competitors and outcomes, even when a decade later”.

“The AIU stays dedicated to investigating all instances of potential violations and securing the suitable outcomes,” added Clothier.

“The integrity of the game of athletics is our utmost precedence and we’re happy, on this occasion, that athletes who competed pretty on the highest stage will in the end be acknowledged because the rightful medal winners.”

Antyukh has struck a defiant tone on social media. Her final Instagram publish on 18 August is a photograph of her displaying off her silver and bronze medals from the 2004 Olympics. These medals stay unaffected by the most recent AIU resolution.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) can now promote Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer to the bronze medal place after Antyukh didn’t enchantment towards her punishment, with Czech Republic’s Zuzjana Hejnova in line for an improve to silver.

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