Anti-doping authorities ban Olympic gold medalist and two other top athletes

Anti-doping authorities ban Olympic gold medalist and two other top athletes

In the footage filmed by Stepanova, Savinova said doping was the only way to succeed in Russian sport.

Caster Semenya got a step closer to becoming a double Olympic and world champion after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled Russian athlete Mariya Savinova be stripped of her gold medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2011 World Championships.

The decision sees Semenya add a second Olympic title to her name having emerged victorious in the 800m in Rio previous year.

In 2013, another Russian, Elena Arzhakova, was found to have violations in her biological passport and was suspended backdated to July 2011.

Also on Friday, Russian biathlete Ekaterina Glazyrina was provisionally suspended on suspicion of doping just hours before she was to compete in the world championships in Hochfilzen, Austria.

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Savinova also said that her husband, former runner Alexei Farnosov, had used "contacts" at a drug-testing laboratory to help cover up her doping. The South African won gold in the 800m at the Rio Games and now stands to be upgraded to gold after finishing second to Savinova in London. It's former director has also become a whistleblower and said hundreds of failed doping tests were covered up.

The 31-year-old Savinova was among the athletes that a commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended be banned for life in 2015.

The IAAF said it would no comment on the case as Savinova still has 45 days to decide whether to make an appeal.

In 2012, Jelimo launched a spirited comeback that saw her power to the IAAF World Indoor women 800m title in Istanbul, Turkey, making history as the first Kenyan female athlete to scale such heights.

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