Semenya takes London gold as Savinova is stripped
Russian runner Maria Savinova has been stripped of her 2012 Olympic gold medal for doping, putting Caster Semenya in line to take to the title.
Savinova, who won the 800-meter title at the London Games ahead of Semenya, was also banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In 2014, Savinova was caught in undercover footage filmed by Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova appearing to admit to injecting testosterone and taking the banned steroid oxandrolone.
Following further evidence of widespread drug use, the Russian track team was suspended from all international competitions in November 2015.
As a consequence, a four-year period of ineligibility, beginning on 24 August 2015, has been imposed and all results achieved by her between 26 July 2010 and 19 August 2013, are disqualified and any prizes, medals, prize and appearance money forfeited,” CAS added.
Earlier this week, world athletics’ governing body the IAAF confirmed the global competition ban it imposed on Russia in November 2015 will not be lifted until this November at the earliest. That means any Russians who pass the IAAF’s strict eligibility criteria for this summer’s World Championships in London will have to compete as neutral athletes.