Russian Antyukh set to lose Olympic gold after IAU disqualified her results


Oct 24 (Reuters) – Natalia Antyukh, a banned Russian athlete and 2012 Olympic 400m hurdles champion, is set to lose her gold medal from the London Games after the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) disqualified her its results from July 2012 to June 2013 on Monday.

Antyukh, 41, won the title at the London Olympics in August 2012, beating American Lashinda Demus, who will be promoted to gold if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acts on the IAU decision.

“Following IAU charges based on LIMS data, Russian athlete Natalia Antyukh was banned for using a banned substance/method. Disqualification results from July 15, 2012 to June 29, 2013,” said the IAU said in a statement.

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Antyukh’s results were disqualified after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) issued its decision last week. The decision will become final and binding if there is no appeal after 45 days.

The IAU will then inform the competitions department of the world athletics governing body so that they can disqualify their results, after which the IAU will write to the IOC to confirm their sanction so that they can re-award the medals.

Antyukh is already serving a four-year ban until 2025 for violating anti-doping rules. The ruling was handed down last year by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

At the time, CAS said all of his competitive results from June 2013 until the start of his suspension period (April 2021) were disqualified.

Antyukh had also won a bronze medal in the 400m in 2004 and a silver in the 4x400m relay in 2008. She lost her silver medal in the 2012 4x400m relay when teammate Antonina Krivoshapka was found guilty of doping .

Several other Russian athletes also had their medals stripped from the 2012 Olympics due to anti-doping rule violations.

The list includes Mariya Savinova (800m), Olga Kaniskina (20km walk), Svetlana Shkolina (high jump), Tatyana Lysenko (hammer throw), Darya Pishchalnikova (discus throw) and Tatyana Chernova (heptathlon).

Among the men, the Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin (50 km walk) and Ivan Ukhov (high jump) saw their medals withdrawn.

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Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bangalore; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Ken Ferris

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