Three Russian Olympic walk champions get doping bans

Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:15pm EST
 
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By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic walk champions Valery Borchin, Sergei Kirdyapkin and Olga Kaniskina are among five athletes banned for doping, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said on Tuesday.

Russia's 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin and silver medallist Vladimir Kanaykin have also been banned for failing doping tests, RUSADA added on its website (www.rusada.ru).

"The Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA after meeting with its Disciplinary Committee has decided to ban five sportsmen for taking banned substances," it said in a statement.

"The breaking of anti-doping rules was due to abnormal blood levels in their biological passports, which belong to the International Association of Athletics Federations."

Borchin, 28, has been suspended for eight years backdated to Oct. 15 2012, although he had already retired from competition.

Kaniskina, 30, who had also finished competing, and 35-year-old Kirdyapkin, were banned for three years and two months from Oct. 15 2012, while Bakulin got the same ban from Dec. 24 2012.

Kanaykin, 29, has received a life ban from Dec. 17 2012.

Kirdyapkin won gold in the men's 50km walk at the 2012 London Games, while Kaniskina took silver in the women's 20km race following the gold she claimed in Beijing in 2008. The length of Kirdyapkin's ban means he will be eligible to defend his title at the 2016 Rio Olympics.   Continued...

 
Russia's Olga Kaniskina sits on the ground after finishing second in the women's 20km race walk final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh