Ennis-Hill to get 3rd world title after Russian loses gold

  • Ennis-Hill to get 3rd world title after Russian loses gold

Ennis-Hill to get 3rd world title after Russian loses gold

Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova will be stripped of her 2011 world title and the Olympic bronze medal she won at London 2012 for doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled today.

Chernova originally tested positive in a re-test of a 2009 sample in January last year, with her results annulled for two years by the Russian anti-doping agency - a retrospective punishment that ended two weeks before the 2011 championships.

The IAAF will post the medal to her member federation, British Athletics, who will then arrange to hand it over to her. So happy to be finally receiving my gold medal.

However, it is usually the case that any disgraced athlete returns their medal to the IAAF and it is then passed on to the rightful victor.

At the World Championships in Daegu five years ago, the Russian finished 129 points clear of defending champion Ennis-Hill to top the podium, with Germany's Jennifer Oeser taking bronze.

CAS said Chernova, Sharmina and Ugarova had all been found guilty of blood doping based on analysis of their biological passports, a system that tracks an athlete's blood profile over time to detect signs of cheating.

Ennis-Hill had filed a complaint over the Daegu results with the IAAF, seeking to claim the gold.

CAS handed Chernova a suspension of 3 years, 8 months, starting retroactively on February 5, 2016.

She said: "This image was forever imprinted in my mind!"

Sharmina, a former European indoor 1,500-meter bronze medalist, received a three-year suspension backdated to December 7, 2015.

The Russian also won the Universiade title on home soil in Kazan on July 11, 2013, which will now be passed to Lithuanian silver medallist Viktorija Zemaityte.

She was banned from competing for two years in 2015.

Sharmina's ban is for three years, beginning on December 7, 2015, with all results achieved by the 800m runner between June 17, 2011, and August 5, 2015, annulled.