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Published: 12:19 | 24/3/16

Heffernan awarded London bronze


Robert Heffernan is to be awarded an Olympic bronze medal after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld six appeals filed by the IAAF against Russian athletes.

Heffernan finished fourth in the 50km walk at the London Olympics in 2012 but Sergey Kirdyapkin, the winner of the race, subsequently failed a doping test.

Following his failed test, the RUSADA ruled that his ban should cover the periods from July 2009 to June 2012, but the IAAF appealed the decision to CAS, who has upheld the appeal.

“The appeals concern one element of decisions issued by the disciplinary committee of the Russian Anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) in anti-doping cases brought against the athletes, based on irregularities observed in the athletes’ biological passports,” read the CAS statement.

“The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) claimed that RUSADA had incorrectly applied the applicable anti-doping rules adopted by IAAF (the “IAAF ADR”) to implement the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code with respect to the disqualification of competitive results (disqualification of results split in different periods).

"The IAAF challenged what it felt was a “selective” disqualification of results, submitting that all results achieved by the athletes from the date of their first abnormal sample to the date they accepted a provisional suspension should be disqualified.”

The ruling means Heffernan will be awarded bronze, while Olive Loughnane has been upgraded from silver to gold for the 20km walk at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

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