Sports Briefing: Mariya Savinova, Russian Runner, Stripped of 2012 Gold Medal

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The Polish pole-vaulter Piotr Lisek competing at an indoor track and field meet in Berlin.

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The Russian runner Mariya Savinova was stripped of her 2012 Olympic gold medal on Friday for doping, putting Caster Semenya in line to become a two-time champion.

Savinova, who won the 800-meter title at the London Games ahead of Semenya, was also barred for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court said that Savinova, 31, had been “found to have been engaged in using doping” from July 2010 until August 2013. In 2014, Savinova appeared, in footage recorded by the Russian doping whistle-blower Yulia Stepanova, to admit to having injected testosterone and taken the banned steroid oxandrolone. The footage helped spark a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry into Russia and led to a re-examination of Savinova’s blood samples.

If the International Olympic Committee reallocates the medals from the 2012 final, Semenya would add that gold medal to the one she won last year in Rio de Janeiro.

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