Former British high jumper Robbie Grabarz is in line to be upgraded to Olympic silver from London 2012 after the Russian winner Ivan Ukhov was stripped of his title six and a half years after the event.
Grabarz was one of three men who shared bronze as Ukhov followed his world indoor title two years earlier with a convincing victory inside the Olympic Stadium.
That result has now been scrapped from the record books after Ukhov was among 12 track and field athletes found guilty of taking part in Russia’s state-sponsored doping regime.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled Ukhov – along with others including hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko and high jumper Svetlana Shkolina, who both won gold at the 2013 World Championships – had “participated in and/or benefited from anabolic steroid doping” between 2012 and 2013.
“The procedures stem from the investigation conducted by Professor Richard McLaren, mandated by the World Anti-Doping Agency, in relation to allegations of systemic doping practices in Russian sport,” stated the court.
Ukhov had sat top of the world rankings for 2019 but has been handed a retroactive four-year ban dating back to July 2016. All of his results from July 2012 to the start of his ban have also been wiped.