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American runners Alysia Montano, Brenda Martinez could get medals

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American runners Alysia Montano and Brenda Martinez stand to receive world championship medals after the disqualification of Russian runner Mariya Savinova.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled last week that based on evidence from Savinova’s biological passport, she engaged in doping from July 26, 2010 to Aug. 19, 2013.

That time period included two International Association of Athletics Federations Championships and the London Olympics, where Savinova finished on the podium in all three competitions. The CAS decision disqualified her from her results during that time and suspended her for four years starting from Aug. 24, 2015.

CAS served as the first instance decision-making authority in place of the Russian Athletics Federation, which has been suspended since late 2015.

Martinez finished third and Montano fourth in the 800 meters at the 2013 world championships, where Savinova took silver.

Savinova won the same event in 2011, with Montano finishing fourth. She has 45 days to appeal the decision.

Martinez tweeted on Monday, “If she doesn’t fight, the results become official & I get Silver Medal.”

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Allegations of Savinova’s doping first came to light in a December 2014 documentary by German broadcaster ARD. In the film, Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova provided footage of Savinova seeming to admit to injecting testosterone and taking oxandrolone.

In response, the World Anti-Doping Agency commissioned an investigation that was released in November 2015 and showed widespread doping in Russian athletics.

To be seen is whether the International Olympic Committee re-allocates medals from the London Olympics.

Last year it began re-analysis of samples from the Beijing and London Olympics, finding more than 100 positive tests. So far, it has announced 95 sanctions with Russia making up the most of any one country with 30.

Savinova has not been included in that list. Should the IOC reallocate the medals from that race, it would make South Africa’s Caster Semenya a two-time champion after she won gold in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Montano, meanwhile, finished fifth in that race. Russian Ekaterina Poistogova took bronze, but she was implicated in the same report as Savinova.



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