April 15, 2021

Ruth Beitia wins an Olympic medal almost seven years later – La Provincia

Ruth Beitia wins an Olympic medal almost seven years later - La Provincia

The spanish exatleta Ruth Beitia, Olympic champion of high jump in the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro 2016, he will receive a second and unexpected Olympic medal, the bronze of London 2012, after the doping disqualification of the Russian jumper Svetlana Shkolina.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) announced Friday harsh penalties and disqualifications for doping to a total of 12 Russian athletes. Among them stand out those of Ivan Ukhov, who will lose his Olympic gold in high jump in London 2012 for the benefit of the American Erik Kynard, and the aforementioned Shkolina, who finished third in the women's event.

Beitia, retired from the high competition since 2017, finished fourth in that Olympic final by jumping three centimeters less than Shkolina. The Russian has been eliminated all official results between July 16 and December 31, 2015, a period that includes London 2012, so the Santander automatically wins the bronze medal. In addition, the Cantabrian also passes from bronze to silver in the 2013 World Cup in London, where Shkolina was proclaimed winner.

The doping procedures against these 12 Russian athletes are derived from the research conducted by Professor Richard McLaren by mandate of the World Anti-Doping Agency, in relation to the complaints of systemic doping practices in Russian sport.


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