ATHLETICS: Doping positive vs. Savinova upheld by CAS

The appeal of Russian 800 m runner Maria Savinova (now Farnosova), the 2011 World Champion in Daegu (KOR), from a doping positive was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The IAAF charged her with doping violations in August of 2015, the case was referred to the CAS in 2017. The 43-page opinion issued by the CAS notes that “It follows from the information and intelligence provided Ms. [Yuliya] Stepanova that the Athlete used prohibited substances over a long period of time.”

The suspension period is four years, starting 24 August 2015 and her results from 26 July 201- to 26 August 2013 were annulled. This means that Caster Semenya (RSA), Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) and American Alysia Montano are confirmed as the 2011 World Championships medal winners in the women’s 800 m, and that the 2012 Olympic 800 m results are confirmed, with Semenya winning, Yekaterina Poistogova (RUS) second and Pamela Jelimo (KEN) third.

The Athletics International newsletter noted, sadly, that Poistogova herself served a doping ban from August 2015-17!