The Athletics Integrity Unit, which looks into cases of doping in track and field, announced on Wednesday that Antyukh had not appealed a penalty that had been in place for two months.
Doping will result in Natalya Antyukh’s loss of her gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles. This puts American Lashinda Demus on track to win the title more than ten years after the race.
On Wednesday, the Athletics Integrity Unit, which is in charge of cases involving doping in track and field, announced that Antyukh had not appealed a penalty that was imposed two months ago and caused her results from July 2012 to June 2013 to be lost. Between July 2012 and June 2013, Antyukh’s results failed. “Continue with the redistribution of decorations and the updating of the IOC information base,” read the AIU’s statement.
The Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnová and Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer are going after bronze and silver, independently.
AIU asserts that Antyukh, who had been actively restricted for a considerable amount of time, was given the additional discipline of having his 2012 results wiped out due to evidence from a database kept at the Moscow anti-doping lab. Despite the fact that the AIU did not provide any specifics, data from that lab supported findings in a number of cases related to Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal.
At the London Games, Antyukh finished in 52.70 seconds, 0.07 seconds ahead of Demus and 0.22 seconds behind her own personal best.
In 2016, Demus, who came out on top for the big showdown in 2011 also, quit contending.
In an email exchange with NBC Sports at the time of the initial decision, Demus stated, “I’m not afraid to say that I then deserve the official title, medal, recognition, and missed compensation that goes along with it all.”