Tuesday 15 October 2019

Athletics: O'Rourke in line for Euro medal after champion's doping charge

Derval O'Rourke
Derval O'Rourke

Cliona Foley

IRISH hurdle star Derval O'Rourke may be upgraded to a bronze medal from this year's European Indoors after the winner of her event, Turkey's Nevin Yanit, was charged with doping.

O'Rourke  was pipped for bronze by one hundredth of a second in Gothenburg in the 60m hurdles in March, when Yanit added the European indoor title to her two previous outdoor titles.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed yesterday that Yanit, fifth in the London Olympic 100m final, faces suspension after "multiple positive findings in both in-competition and out-of-competition tests."

It is believed that Yanit raised a red flag at a meeting in Germany before this year's European Indoors.

The same athlete pipped O'Rourke for European gold outdoors three years ago, but unless her alleged doping can be scientifically traced back to 2010, that result will not be altered.

Yanit's Turkish team-mate Asli Cakir Alptekin is set to be stripped of her London Olympic 1500m title and faces a lifetime ban after being charged with a doping offence for the second time in her career.

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