Savinova appeals doping ban


November 07, 2017
Russia's Maria Savinova celebrates as she crosses the finish line ahead of South Africa's Caster Semenya to win the women's 800-metres final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):

Russian runner Maria Savinova has been given a date to appeal against her four-year doping ban and being stripped of the 2012 Olympic 800-metre title she won ahead of Caster Semenya.

Savinova's appeal against the IAAF and the Russian track federation will be heard on December 4, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said yesterday. A verdict should follow within weeks.

Savinova, now aged 32, was not caught in re-testing of Olympic samples. In 2014, she was filmed talking about using steroids to a whistleblower in a German television documentary that exposed Russian doping.

Savinova's blood samples were re-analysed and she was stripped of results for three years, including her 2011 World title and 2012 Olympic gold medal. Semenya was runner-up in both races and is in line to be awarded both titles.

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