Thursday 29 June 2017

Ennis-Hill to get World gold after Russian doping offence

Ennis-Hill, the 2012 Olympic champion, claimed her other two heptathlon World golds at Berlin in 2009 and Beijing last year. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ennis-Hill, the 2012 Olympic champion, claimed her other two heptathlon World golds at Berlin in 2009 and Beijing last year. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

James Peters

Another Russian athlete lost a championship gold medal last night due to doping, and Jessica Ennis-Hill will be the beneficiary.

Ennis-Hill, who announced her retirement last month, finished runner-up to Tatyana Chernova in the pentathlon at the World Championships in Daegu five years ago. The Russian had her results in the two years prior to her 2011 triumph annulled after a sample from the 2009 Championships was re-analysed and tested positive for a banned steroid. While last year's initial sanction stripped Chernova's results up to August 14, 2011, two weeks prior to beating Ennis-Hill in South Korea, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled she must now forfeit her gold medal.

CAS said in a statement: "All results achieved by Tatyana Chernova between August 15, 2011 and July 22, 2013 are annulled and the athlete will forfeit any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money obtained during this period."

Ennis-Hill, the 2012 Olympic champion, claimed her other two heptathlon World golds at Berlin in 2009 and Beijing last year.

As a result of the ruling, German Jennifer Oeser is set to be promoted from her third place finish while Polish athlete Karolina Tyminska will now be given a bronze medal from the 2011 championships.

CAS' decision, which means she also loses her London 2012 bronze medal, with Lithuania's Austra Skujyte upgraded from fourth place, comes after an analysis of her biological passport dating back to 2009. CAS confirmed Chernova would be "sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of three years and eight months, beginning on February 5, 2016" for a blood doping violation.

A sanction of three years was also imposed on Russia's Ekaterina Sharmina and compatriot Kristina Ugarova was banned for two years after blood doping was identified.

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