Ennis-Hill to be awarded 2011 world title

Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill, who retired from athletics last month, finished second to heptathlete Tatyana Chernova at the 2011 world championships in Daegu. With the Russian stripped of that title following a doping violation, Ennis-Hill will go in
Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill, who retired from athletics last month, finished second to heptathlete Tatyana Chernova at the 2011 world championships in Daegu. With the Russian stripped of that title following a doping violation, Ennis-Hill will go into the history books as a three-time world champion. The 30-year-old also won gold in 2009 and last year.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

ZURICH • Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova was stripped of her 2011 world championship title on Tuesday for a doping violation, with Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill set to be awarded the gold medal.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement that analysis of Chernova's biological passport showed evidence of blood doping.

Sport's highest tribunal annulled the Russian's results achieved between Aug 15, 2011 and July 22, 2013, stripping her of the world title she won five years ago as well as her bronze medal from the London Olympics in 2012.

Ennis-Hill, who retired from athletics last month, finished second behind Chernova in Daegu and will become a triple world champion, having also claimed heptathlon gold in 2009 and last year.

"We have always known that Jess was the 2011 world champion, so it is nice to be able to finally be able to say it in public," Ennis-Hill's former coach Toni Minichiello was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

"It just adds credence to my belief that she is the best female athlete Britain has ever produced. She goes down as a three-time world champion, an Olympic gold and silver medallist, and a fantastic, fantastic athlete."

CAS also banned Chernova for three years and eight months from Feb 5 this year, although it said a two-year suspension already imposed on the athlete from July 2013 by the Russian Anti-doping Agency would be deducted from her total ban period.

Russian middle-distance runners Ekaterina Sharmina and Kristina Ugarova were also sanctioned by CAS following an analysis of their biological passports.

"All three athletes have been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation of the International Association of Athletics Federation competition rules after analysis of their athlete biological passports showed evidence of blood doping," CAS said in a statement.

Sharmina will be banned for three years from Dec 7 last year and Ugarova for two years, beginning Sept 7 last year.

Soon after the CAS statement was announced, Ennis-Hill posted a message on Instagram alongside a picture of her and a celebrating Chernova in Daegu.

"This image was forever imprinted in my mind. However much it drove me on for what I was about to achieve at my first Olympics in London, in my heart I just knew it was wrong," the 30-year-old wrote.

"So happy to finally be receiving my gold medal. Triple World Champion. Wow."

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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