Sheffield heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill has had to accept defeat in her attempts to have her World Championships silver medal upgraded to gold after Russian rival Tatyana Chernova was found guilty of doping.
The Russian anti-doping agency had all of Chernova’s results for two years from 15 August 2009 to 14 August 2011 after it emerged that a re-tested sample from the 2009 World Championships showed a banned steroid. She was suspended for two years from 22 July 2013.
The penalty ended in August 2011, two weeks before that year’s World Championships in Daegu, where Chernova beat the South Yorkshire woman to heptathlon gold.
As a result Ennis-Hill and British Athletics approached the sport’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, to contest the decision but the Olympic champion believes her hopes of having it overturned have gone for good.
“We put an appeal forward and made a protest,” she told the London Standard. “It looks like a dead end, it certainly seems that way. At this stage, there’s nothing else we can do. You get a little frustrated by it but you move on, forget about it and focus on the rest of the season.”
Chernova won in Daegu with ,880 points, (ahead of Ennis-Hill by 129) but the Brit triumphed with gold at London 2012 while Chernova had to settle for bronze.