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Triple world champion Jessica Ennis-Hill 'so happy to receive my gold medal' as Tatyana Chernova is stripped of title

Evening Standard Evening Standard 30/11/2016 Tom Doyle

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Jessica Ennis-Hill says she is thrilled to "finally be receiving my gold medal" after the woman who beat her to top spot at the 2011 world championship was stripped of her title due to a doping offence.

Ennis-Hill, who announced her retirement from athletics last month, finished runner-up to Tatyana Chernova in Daegu five years ago.

The Russian had her results in the two years immediately prior to her 2011 triumph annulled after a sample from the 2009 world championship was re-analysed and tested positive for a banned steroid.

image © Provided by Independent Print Limited image While last year's initial sanction stripped Chernova's results up to 14 August, 2011, two weeks prior to beating Ennis-Hill in South Korea, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled she must now forfeit her gold medal after an analysis of her biological passport dating back to 2009 showed evidence of blood doping.

CAS said in a statement: "All results achieved by Tatyana Chernova between 15 August, 2011, and 22 July, 2013, are annulled and the athlete will forfeit any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money obtained during this period."

Soon after the CAS statement came out, Ennis-Hill issued a message on Instagram alongside a picture of her and a celebrating Chernova in Daegu.

She said: "This image was forever imprinted in my mind! However much it drove me on for what I was about to achieve at my first Olympics in London, in my heart I just knew it was wrong.

"So happy to finally be receiving my gold medal. Triple World Champion WOW."

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