Athletics

Pain for Chernova, gain for Ennis-Hill

Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova was banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday morning (Singapore time) for "blood doping" and stripped of her 2011 world championships title, effectively handing the crown to Jessica Ennis-Hill.

CAS banned Chernova, 28, for three years and eight months, with all her results over a two-year period from the 2011 event in Daegu, South Korea, now void.

Ennis-Hill, who won world gold in her own right in 2009 and 2015, has long called for the 2011 title to go to her after Chernova had a sample from the 2009 world championships retested later to reveal an anabolic steroid.

Chernova, the latest Russian athlete punished for doping, would not have been eligible to compete in South Korea if her positive test had been discovered at the time.

Briton Ennis-Hill, the 2012 Olympic champion, won her other heptathlon world golds at Berlin in 2009 and Beijing last year. - AFP.

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