Klishina says "it doesn't matter about the flag" since everyone knows she's from Russia anyway.
Russia's men's 4x400 team will also lose their 2008 bronze after team member Denis Alexeev re-tested positive. Adding to the Russian doper list are 2008 10K 8th placer Inga Abitova and a cyclist. Out of the 18 named so far in re-tests, 10 have been Russian.
*GB Jav Thrower Goldie Sayers And Men's 4x400 Upgraded From 4th To 2008 Olympic Bronzes *BBC
*Good Read: GB 4x400 Runner Andrew Steele Says Bronze Is Emotional And Reflecting About Bronze Upgrade “The truth is in my career I felt 12 years of dissatisfaction, pursed this particularly hard event for a very long time and had very, very fleeting moments of success and joy. The biggest one I got close to and would have occurred was unfairly stolen from me at the time.”
Russia is still appealing to the Swiss Federal Court over the ban, but is unlikely to win an appeal.
The Cas statement said the IPC didn't break any rules by banning Russia and that the Russian appeal “did not file any evidence contradicting the facts on which the IPC decision was based.” *2nd article
The anchor leg Oludamola Osayomi is also a drug cheat, having been stripped of her 20120 Commonwealth Games 100 title.
Klishina qualified for the long jump final yesterday.
Stepanova and husband Vitaly have been forced to relocate again and she says, "If something happens to us then you should know that it is not an accident."
*Stepanova Believes IOC Stance Against Her Will Discourage Future Whistleblowers And Accuses Thomas Bach Of Only Trying To Serve Himself "Thomas Bach doesn’t know anything about our situation. He never made an attempt to sort things out and understand anything. They simply say what is going to serve them. *2nd article
Budgett revealed that much stricter security measures have been put in place in the Rio anti-doping lab.
Klishina was originally the sole Russian track athlete in Rio, but then the IAAF banned her as well after new information emerged. However, Klishina was successful in her appeal to CAS so will compete.
Unlike the IOC, the IPC issued a blanket ban on Russian from the Paralympics, but Russia has launched an appeal to CAS.
Klishina is based in the US and was the only Russian granted "extraordinary eligibility" status, but has lost that reportedly based on a recommendation from Richard McLaren. She is appealing the decision to CAS.
Remember that the Stepanovs have been living in the US in an undisclosed location because they feared for their safety in Russia.
Based on her behavior in the wake of the Russian drug scandal she definitely doesn't get our vote. If Russia really wanted to turn things around, they'd elect the Vitaly and Yuliya Stepanov.
The 19-year-old deserves credit for speaking out about Russian dopers being in Rio.
The tension between Russia and the rest of the world has materialized in the swimming pool in the opening days of the Games with some likening it to the Cold War.
*Russian Swimming Doper Yulia Efimova Hits Back At Critics: "I thought The Cold War Was Long In The Past" Efimova was booed when she entered the venue and has been openly criticized by gold medalist Lilly King, Michael Phelps and others.