En­nis-Hill to get 3rd world ti­tle after Rus­sian loses gold

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Bri­tish hep­tath­lete Jes­sica En­nisHill is in line to re­ceive a third world cham­pi­onship gold medal after Rus­sia's Tatyana Ch­er­nova was stripped of the 2011 ti­tle on Tues­day for a dop­ing vi­o­la­tion.

The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport also stripped Ch­er­nova of her bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics and an­nounced a new sus­pen­sion for a sep­a­rate blood dop­ing of­fense.

Two other fe­male Rus­sian run­ners — Yeka­te­rina Sharmina and Kristina Ugarova — also re­ceived sus­pen­sions for bi­o­log­i­cal pass­port vi­o­la­tions.

The IAAF re­ferred the three cases to the ar­bi­tra­tion court in Fe­bru­ary after Rus­sia's track and field fed­er­a­tion was sus­pended for wide­spread dop­ing in the coun­try.

CAS ruled yes­ter­day that all of Ch­er­nova's re­sults be­tween Au­gust 15, 2011, and July 22, 2013, are an­nulled — mean­ing she loses her gold from the 2011 world cham­pi­onships in Daegu, South Korea, and bronze from the 2012 London Olympics.

En­nis-Hill, who fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Ch­er­nova in Daegu, is now ex­pected to in­herit a third world ti­tle to go with her cham­pi­onships in 2009 and 2015.

En­nis-Hill also won the Olympic gold medal in London and took sil­ver at this year's games in Rio de Janeiro.

Ch­er­nova had pre­vi­ously been given a two-year ban back­dated to 2013 after test­ing pos­i­tive for a steroid when a sam­ple from the 2009 world cham­pi­onships was re­an­a­lyzed.

In po­si­tion to re­ceive Ch­er­nova's London bronze medal is the orig­i­nal fourth-place fin­isher, Lyud­mila Yospenko of Ukraine.

Rus­sia had pre­vi­ously an­nulled Ch­er­nova's re­sults be­tween Au­gust 2009 and Au­gust 2011 — dates which pro­tected her Daegu gold and London bronze.

En­nis-Hill had filed a com­plaint over the Daegu re­sults with the IAAF, seek­ing to claim the gold.

CAS said Tues­day that Ch­er­nova, Sharmina and Ugarova had all been found guilty of blood dop­ing based on anal­y­sis of their bi­o­log­i­cal pass­ports, a sys­tem that tracks an ath­lete's blood pro­file over time to de­tect signs of cheat­ing.

CAS handed Ch­er­nova a sus­pen­sion of 3 years, 8 months, start­ing retroac­tively on Feb. 5, 2016. CAS said her pre­vi­ous twoyear ban would be de­ducted from the sanc­tion.

Sharmina, a for­mer Euro­pean in­door 1,500-me­ter bronze medal­ist, re­ceived a three-year sus­pen­sion back­dated to Dec. 7, 2015. All her re­sults be­tween June 17, 2011, and Aug. 5, 2015, were an­nulled. That would in­clude her gold medal at the 2013 Univer­sity Games in Kazan, Rus­sia.

Ugarova re­ceived a two-year ban, back­dated to Sept. 7, 2015, and loses her re­sults from June 26, 2012, to Dec. 25, 2012.

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