By Concise News Correspondent
Mariya Savinova, the London 2012 800m gold medallist, has been stripped of her title and banned until 2019, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has ruled.
The Cas ruling means the Russian has had all her results from July 2010 to August 2013 annulled after being found guilty of doping.
Savinova beat South Africa’s Caster Semenya into second at the London Olympics and the 2011 Worlds in Daegu.
And should the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decide to reallocate the medals from the London 2012 final, the South African would be awarded a second gold after she claimed the 800m title in Rio last summer.
The 31-year-old will also lose her 800m gold from the 2011 World Championships and the European Championships in 2010.
In addition, she will forfeit a World Championship silver from 2013 and will be suspended for four years, backdated to 2015.
Cas statement read in part: “On the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport (ABP), Mariya Savinova is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010 (the eve of the European Championship in Barcelona) through to 19 August 2013 (the day after the World Championship in Moscow).