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U.S. Olympians receive medal upgrades after doping punishments

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U.S. Olympians Kara Goucher and Francena McCorory are among more than a dozen athletes set to receive retroactive medal upgrades in ceremonies at the world track and field championships next month.

The results changes were made due to positive retests of past doping samples from athletes since stripped of their medals.

Goucher, a 2008 and 2012 Olympic distance runner, will be promoted from bronze to silver from the 2007 World Championships 10,000m in an Aug. 5 ceremony at London’s Olympic Stadium.

Original silver medalist Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol in a retest of a sample she gave at the 2007 World Championships, it was announced in March.

Abeylegesse also won Olympic silver medals in the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2008 Beijing Games.

American Shalane Flanagan stands to get the silver medal in the Olympic 10,000m, but that has not been announced yet. The medal upgrade ceremonies at worlds include past world championships but no past Olympic events.

U.S. 400m runner Francena McCorory will receive two medals on Aug. 4 — bronze in the 2011 World Championships 400m and gold as part of the 2013 U.S. 4x400m relay team with Jessica BeardNatasha Hastings and Ashley SpencerJoanna Atkins also ran in the preliminary heats of the relay.

Original 2011 World 400m bronze medalist Anastasia Kapachinskaya was retroactively disqualified in June after a doping sample from the 2011 Worlds was retested and found to contain banned steroids. McCorory originally finished fourth in that final.

Russia was stripped of its 2013 World 4x400m title in February after relay member Antonina Krivoshapka was retroactively banned for a doping offense. Russia beat the U.S. by .22 in that world final.

The biggest cheer at London Olympic Stadium for one of 11 medal upgrade ceremonies will come on Aug. 6, when Brit Jessica Ennis-Hill receives her 2011 World heptathlon gold after Russian Tatyana Chernova was stripped for doping.

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U.S. medal upgrade likely after another Russian doping ban

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American Francena McCorory is in line to be upgraded from fourth place to the bronze medal from the 2011 World Championships 400m after original bronze medalist Anastasia Kapachinskaya was retroactively disqualified Wednesday.

The move came after a Kapachinskaya doping sample from the 2011 Worlds was retested and found to contain banned steroids, according to Russia’s track and field federation.

Last year, Kapachinskaya was retroactively disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Games after a doping sample retest came back positive for the same steroids.

She was memorably passed by American Sanya Richards-Ross on the Beijing Olympic 4x400m anchor leg and finished fifth in the individual 400m.

In the 2011 Worlds 400m final, Kapachinskaya passed McCorory on the final straightaway in Daegu, South Korea for bronze behind Botswana’s Amantle Montsho and American Allyson Felix.

McCorory owns five Olympic or world outdoor championships 4x400m medals but has never earned an individual medal at a global outdoor meet.

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