Russian doping: London 2012 Olympic medals re-allocated

Sergey Kirdyapkin
Sergey Kirdyapkin won the 50km walk at London 2012 in a record time of three hours 35 minutes 59 seconds

Russian walker Sergey Kirdyapkin will be stripped of his London 2012 gold following a successful IAAF appeal.

The men's 50km walk gold medallist is one of six Russian athletes to have their results annulled.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) ruled Russia's anti-doping agency (Rusada) had been "selective" in its disqualification periods.

Australian Jared Tallent will now be awarded the gold and Irishman Robert Heffernan the bronze.

All six Russian athletes are already serving doping bans.

A statement from the IAAF said the governing body was "grateful to Cas for the decisions upholding the IAAF's appeals concerning the cases of six international-level Russian athletes".

It added: "The IAAF will immediately proceed to the effective disqualification of results, re-rankings and re-allocation of medals in all competitions under its control.

"With respect to the Olympic Games, the IAAF will inform the International Olympic Committee of the CAS decisions and request the disqualification of results and the reallocation of medals."

Tallent, who finished second behind Kirdyapkin, tweeted: "History has been re-written... I am Olympic champion."

Jared Tallent

Irish walker Heffernan, 38, said: "I had to read it a few times just in case I made a mistake.

"That makes me an Olympic bronze medallist and it's unreal."

The other London 2012 result affected is the women's 20km race walk, with Cas ruling that silver medallist Olga Kaniskina's results should now be disqualified from August 2009 to October 2012.

And 3,000m steeplechase 2011 world champion Yuliya Zaripova is now set to lose her gold medal.

Other Russian athletes affected by the ruling are Olympic 2008 men's 20km race walk winner Valery Borchin - currently serving an eight-year ban - plus 50km men's race walk 2011 world champion Sergey Bakulin and Vladimir Kanaikin, runner-up in the 2011 World Championship 20km men's race walk.

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