Russian Runner Banned, Loses London Gold For Doping

Posted February 12, 2017

Savinova's ruling is just the latest black eye for the Russian Athletics Federation, Russia's running team, which was banned as team from the 2016 Olympics.

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.

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

She will have to give up all her medals and all of her results from that period have been annulled.

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 IAAF said it would no comment on the case as Savinova still has 45 days to decide whether to make an appeal.

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Middle-distance runner Caster Semenya will have to wait almost two months before she knows if she has been upgraded to a double world and Olympic champion, with legal processes delaying what is a seemingly inevitable decision.

The Russian was found guilty of doping between July 2010 and August 2013.

Jepkosgei, fondly known as the "Eldoret Express" finished second behind Jelimo in the first women Kenyan 1-2 on the track at Beijing 2008 before being beaten by Semenya to the top medal in 2009 when the South African rose from obscurity to stun the field.

Nearly the entire track and field team of Russian Federation were banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

"The Russian Olympic Committee as instructed by the International Olympic Committee continues the work to return medals", he said.