Russian Olympic track and field champions face doping cases

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Russian Olympic track and field champions Natalya Antyukh (400m hurdles, 2012) and Andrey Silnov (high jump, 2008), both retired, have pending Court of Arbitration cases appearing related to evidence from the 2016 McLaren report on Russian doping.

Antyukh, Silnov and two more Russian track and field athletes who haven’t competed in years, hammer thrower Oksana Kondratyeva and middle-distance runner Yelena Soboleva, appeared this week on the Athletics Integrity Unit’s list of pending first cases. The Athletics Integrity Unit handles doping cases in track.

All four cases involve alleged violations of using prohibited substances or methods, tacked with “McLaren evidence.”

Antyukh, who last competed in June 2016, held off American Lashinda Demus by seven hundredths of a second in the 2012 Olympic 400m hurdles final. Antyukh lowered her personal best by .22 in clocking 52.70.

Silnov won the 2008 Olympic high jump by clearing 2.36 meters. The late British athlete Germaine Mason took silver, followed by another Russian, Yaroslav Rybakov. No American was in the final.

In June, Silnov told Russian state news agencies he had received a notification from the Athletics Integrity Unit that he was under investigation. Silnov stepped down as senior vice president of the Russian track and field federation, which has been banned from competition since 2015. The AIU said his case included suspicions of using a banned steroid.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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