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Mariya Savinova, Russian Runner, Stripped of 2012 Gold Medal for Doping

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In this Aug. 11, 2012, file photo, Russia's Mariya Savinova reacts after receiving her gold medal for the women's 800-meter during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. On Friday, Savinova was banned for four years for doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and stripped of the Olympic gold medal from 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, file)

By    |   Friday, 10 Feb 2017 01:48 PM

Mariya Savinova, Russia's gold medal-winning runner, has been stripped of her 2012 London Olympics 800-meter medal along with numerous other awards and is banned from competition until 2019.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement Friday that the Russian champion middle-distance runner, identified as Mariya Savinova-Farnosova, was found to be involved in doping from July 26, 2010, through Aug. 19, 2013.

"As a consequence, a four-year period of ineligibility, beginning on (Aug. 24, 2015) has been imposed on Mariya Savinova-Farnosova and all results achieved by her between (July 26, 2010) and (Aug. 19, 2013) are disqualified and any prizes, medals, prize and appearance money forfeited," the Court of Arbitration statement said.

"The CAS acted as first instance decision-making authority for this matter, substituting for (the Russian Athletic Federation) which was suspended at the time the matter was ready to be adjudicated (and which remains suspended)," the statement continued.

Savinova, 31, was one of five Russian track and field athletes named in a World Anti-Doping Agency report and has not raced since 2013, according to BBC News.

The broadcaster said if the International Olympic Committee decides to reallocate the medals from the London Olympics, South Africa's Caster Semenya would receive the gold medal, matching the gold medal she won at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

"Savinova is one of Russia's best known middle-distance athletes; she is now one of Russia's best known drugs cheats," said Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent, noted BBC News.

"So while there are consequences for Savinova, the world of sporting detection is once again showing it will catch up with athletes if they have cheated even if it is some years after the event," Conway continued.

Savinova's ruling is just the latest black eye for the Russian Athletics Federation, Russia's running team, which was banned as team from the 2016 Olympics. The International Association of Athletics Federations extended the track ban against Russia through this year's World Athletics Championship in August.

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