CAS strips Olympic bronze medal from Rus­sian high jumper

Olympics

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Rus­sian high jumper Anna Chicherova has lost an ap­peal against be­ing stripped of her 2008 Olympic bronze medal for us­ing an an­abolic steroid.

The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport says it dis­missed the ap­peal with­out giv­ing de­tails of the case.

An In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee panel which first judged Chicherova last year noted that the steroid turin­abol was “a dop­ing sub­stance com­monly used in Rus­sia” at the time.

The women’s high jump is among the most tainted events in the IOC’s re­anal­y­sis of 2008 and 2012 Olympic sam­ples. The third, fourth and fifth-place fin­ish­ers in Bei­jing were dis­qual­i­fied, leav­ing Amer­i­can jumper Chaunte Howard with bronze. The IOC must con­firm re­al­lo­ca­tion of medals.

Chicherova will keep her 2012 Olympic gold and 2011 world ti­tle, which are not af­fected by the 2008 case.

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