More than a decade after the 2012 London Games, Russian 400-meter hurdler Natalya Antyukh lost her gold medal from the championship due to doping. America’s Lashinda Demus who was the runner-up will reportedly be named the champion in the decade-old race.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases in track and field, announced on Wednesday, December 21, that Antyukh had not appealed a penalty handed down to her that included the stripping of her results from July 2012 through June 2013.
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Zuzana Hejnová of the Czech Republic and Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica are in order to receive silver and bronze.
Who is Natalya Antyukh?
Natalya Nikolayevna Antyukh was born on June 26, 1981, in Leningrad, present-day Russia. Her younger brother Kirill Antyukh is a former competitive sprinter who later turned to Bobsleigh, a team winter sport.
Natalya Antyokh is a Russian sprinter who specializes in 400 meters dash and 400 meters hurdles.
At the age of 23, she won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In 2012 at 31 years old, she won the gold medal in the 400 meters hurdles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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Following the Olympics, Antyukh received the Russian Order of Honor for her performances.
Four years later, in 2016, her silver medal in the relay from the 2012 Olympics was stripped, after teammate Antonina Krivoshapka had her results disqualified.
In 2020, Antyukh was among four Russian track and field athletes who were charged with doping offenses for using a prohibited substance or method. Her ban was confirmed in April 2021, suspending her from athletics for four years, till 2025, with all her results disqualified from 30 June 2013 onwards.
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In October 2022, more than 10 years after the race, her results were disqualified, stripping her of the gold medal she won at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Antyukh was among a number of Russian and Belarusian athletes who were subjected to another ban from March 2022, which excluded her from all World Athletics competitions with no communicated end date. The ban was implemented in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.