Derek Drouin poised to get Olympic medal upgrade

Derek Drouin could be upgraded to silver for his 2012 Olympic performance following the doping sanction of gold medallist Ivan Ukhov

February 1st, 2019 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , , , ,

Canadian Derek Drouin will likely be upgraded from an Olympic bronze to silver medal. The Canadian high jumper placed third at the 2012 Olympics behind Eric Kynard of the USA and Ivan Ukhov of Russia. Kynard will receive the gold and Ukhov will be stripped of his medal. 

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According to Inside The Games, Ukhov will serve a four-year ban starting today and all his results from July 16, 2012 through December 31, 2015 will be disqualified. Two other athletes shared bronze with Drouin in 2012, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Britain’s Robbie Grabarz. Both athletes should also receive medal upgrades. 

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Following hid 2012 season, Dourin went on to win the high jump title at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

RELATED: WADA has recovered data from Moscow lab

RUSADA was suspended in 2015 following sufficient evidence that Russia had engaged in state-backed doping. The anti-doping agency  was then reinstated in the fall of 2018 following a nine to two vote in favour, and a WADA key review committee recommendation that the Russian anti-doping agency be reconsidered. 

Since that vote, WADA has received data from the RUSADA’s Moscow laboratory that they will use to build a case against doping violators. WADA President Craig Reedie said in a statement January 17th, “WADA now embarks on the second phase, which entails the authentication and review of the data to ensure it is complete and that it has not been compromised. Given the amount of data, that will take some time to achieve but our experts have the tools they need to be able to verify the data with a high degree of confidence.”