Friday, February 3, 2023

Russia stripped of gold after winning 400 hurdles at London 2012

MINAKO ( Associated Press) — Russian hurdler Natalya Antyukh will forfeit the 400 meters hurdles gold medal she won at the London 2012 Games for doping, as American Lashinda Demus is set to become champion more than a decade after the race.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, in charge of investigating doping cases in the discipline, announced on Wednesday that Antyuk had not appealed a ban imposed two months earlier and that it voided his results between July 2012 and June 2013. English) said that the IOC would be able to “proceed with the reallocation of medals and updating the IOC database”.

With the new result, Czech Zuzana Hejnova and Jamaican Kalisz Spencer will take the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The AIU said Antyukh, who had already served a four-year ban, was given the new penalty of voiding his 2012 results after receiving evidence from a database kept at Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory. Although the AIU did not provide details, information from that laboratory was used to confirm findings in a series of cases that brought to light a Russian state doping conspiracy.

At the London Games, Antyukh clocked 52.70 seconds and improved his personal best by 22 hundredths to finish 7th behind Demus.

Demus, who also won the world title in 2011, retired in 2016.

In an email with NBC Sports, he said, “I am not afraid to say that at the time I deserved the official title, the medal, the recognition and lost the compensation that went along with it.”

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