Doping offence gives Semenya 2012 Olympic gold

Doping offence gives Semenya 2012 Olympic gold

21:00 SAST | 10 Feb 2017

South Africa track athlete Caster Semenya has been awarded a gold medal in the women’s 800m race at the 2012 London Olympics after Russia’s Mariya Savinova was stripped of the title due to a doping offence.

The 31-year-old Savinova has had all her results from July 2010 to August 2013 annulled after being found guilty of doping.

Semenya, who claimed the gold medal at the 2016 Games in Rio, will also be awarded a win at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu as she placed second behind Savinova.

The Russian will also forfeit a World Championship silver from 2013 and has been banned until 2019.

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A Court of Arbitration for Sport statement read: “On the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport (ABP), Mariya Savinova is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010 (the eve of the European Championship in Barcelona) through to 19 August 2013 (the day after the World Championship in Moscow).

“As a consequence, a four-year period of ineligibility, beginning on 24 August 2015, has been imposed and all results achieved between 26 July 2010 and 19 August 2013, are disqualified and any prizes, medals, prize and appearance money forfeited.”

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