Tuesday, 14 February 2017 23:41

American runners Alysia Montano, Brenda Martinez could get medals

American runners Alysia Montano and Brenda Martinez stand to receive world championship medals after the disqualification of Russian runner Mariya Savinova.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled last week that based on evidence from Savinova’s biological passport, she engaged in doping from July 26, 2010 to Aug. 19, 2013.

That time period included two International Association of Athletics Federations Championships and the London Olympics, where Savinova finished on the podium in all three competitions. The CAS decision disqualified her from her results during that time and suspended her for four years starting from Aug. 24, 2015.

CAS served as the first instance decision-making authority in place of the Russian Athletics Federation, which has been suspended since late 2015.

Martinez finished third and Montano fourth in the 800 meters at the 2013 world championships, where Savinova took silver.

Savinova won the same event in 2011, with Montano finishing fourth. She has 45 days to appeal the decision.

Martinez tweeted on Monday, “If she doesn't fight, the results become official & I get Silver Medal.”