Russia’s Irina Davydova will be stripped off the gold and bronze medals she won in the 400m at the 2012 and 2014 European Championships after being charged with doping violations by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
Russia’s official state news agency TASS reported that the World Anti-Doping Agency provided data to AIU which had been retrieved in 2019 from the Laboratory’s Information Management System (LIMS).
TASS reported that Davydova has been suspended for two-years from January 17 this year by the AIU after they discovered deviations found in the athlete’s blood samples obtained from June 20, in 2012 to June 30 in 2015. As a result, all her results during that period have been annulled.
The 33 year-old had won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the European Championships in Helsinki on 29th June 2012, when she won the race with the world fastest time of 53.77. Two years later Davydova won bronze in Zurich
Davydova will be the 10th athlete to be stripped of a medal at the 2012 European Championships, the fourth to have won gold and the third Russian.
Davydova announced her retirement from running but she allowed to appeal.