Breaking: Alysia Montaño Just Won Two World Championship Medals at 800 Meters
February 10, 2017
Today the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a ruling that banned Russian 800 runner Mariya Savinova-Farnosova for four years for doping and stripped her results from July 26, 2010 through August 19, 2013. According to TASS, the CAS ruling said, “On the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport (ABP), Mariya Savinova-Farnosova is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010… through to 19 August 2013.”
As a result, Savinova will lose the gold medals she won at the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympics as well as the silver she won the 2013 World Championships.
That means that 800-meter star Alysia Montaño, the six-time US champion, finally has her first World Championship medal(s). For years, Montaño, one of the best and most consistent 800 runners of her era, appeared snakebitten in major championships, making the final at the 2011 and 2013 Worlds and 2012 Olympics only to come up empty-handed. But with Savinova taken out of the results, she now has not one, but two medals as she’ll move up to the bronze medal position in both the 2011 and 2013 World Championship results. Compatriot Brenda Martinez will be upgraded from bronze to silver for her performance at the 2013 World Championships.
Unfortunately for the 30-year-old Montaño, there are some things that can never be replaced, such as standing on the podium at a major championship. In addition, Montaño may have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorship bonuses (unless she is able to convince her sponsors to pay the bonuses out now).
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