Australia's Tallent outraged by Russian's doping ban

Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:14am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Australian race walker Jared Tallent has accused Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) of "cherry-picking" ban dates to allow Olympic champion Sergey Kirdyapkin to keep his gold medal and defend the title in 2016.

Tallent took silver in the 50km walk at the London 2012 Games behind Kirdyapkin, who was among five Russian athletes to receive a doping from RUSADA on Tuesday.

Kirdyapkin was handed a three-year, two-month suspension backdated to October 2012 and had his results annulled for three separate periods between 2009 and June 2012, meaning he can keep the gold he won in London a few months later.

The ban will expire in time for the 35-year-old to defend his title at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Tallent believes the punishments meted out were insufficient.

"I'm totally shocked the way the bans have come and results annulled," Tallent told AAP on Wednesday.

"It's like they've just cherry-picked certain periods of time. I can't understand how... he (Kirdyapkin) gets to keep his Olympic gold and then he's given a three-year, two-month ban so he can return for Rio. That's just outrageous.

"It's like the Russians are laughing at the rest of the world, saying they can do whatever they want. It's just crazy."

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Jared Tallent of Australia holds his national flag as he celebrates finishing third place in the men's 50 km race walk final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse