Natalya Antyukh: Russian Natalya Antyukh forfeits her Olympic gold. Here’s why

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has stated that Russian athlete Natalya Antyukh would lose her gold medal, which she won in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics. Antyukh will lose her medal from the London Games after she refuses to appeal her doping ban.

The banned athlete had become the 2012 Olympics 400 metres hurdles champion after defeating American athlete Lashinda Demus. Interestingly, the American athlete will now be given the gold medal once the IOC (International Olympic Committee) takes action on the ruling of the AIU.

Earlier in October, the AIU ruled that the 41-year-old athlete’s results from July 2012 to June 2013 would stand disqualified because of using “a prohibited substance/method.” Although Antyukh was given 45 days to appeal the decision, she did not do that, due to which the ruling became final and binding. Accordingly, IOC can reallocate the medals and update its database.

Neeraj Chopra shatters own national record on return

​New national record

Tokyo Olympics gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra made a spectacular return to competition, throwing the javelin to a stunning 89.30m and shattering his own national record.

​Throw of 89.30m

Chopra came up with the throw of 89.30m at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland. The throw placed him second in a star-studded field.

​First event since Olympics

This is 24-year-old Chopra’s first competitive event in 10 months since the Tokyo Olympics. He nearly touched the 90m mark, the gold standard in javelin throw.

​Chopra’s earlier record

Chopra’s earlier national record was 88.07m, set in Patiala in March 2021. For the gold medal at Tokyo he threw the javelin a distance of 87.58m.

​His immediate focus

Chopra is looking to build gradually to peak during the July 15-24 World Championships in the US. He had trained in the USA and Turkey before shifting base to Finland last month.

Natalya Antyukh will face a ban until 2025 for violating anti-doping rules. Last year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the Russian athlete would remain banned for four years.

Notably, Antyukh is not the only Russian athlete under such scrutiny. Many Russian athletes had to lose their medals from the 2012 London Olympics for violating anti-doping rules.


  1. Who is Natalya Antyukh?
    Natalya Antyukh is a Russian athlete who won the gold medal in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics. However, Antyukh will have to lose the medal for violating anti-doping rules.
  2. Who will now be given the gold medal for the 2012 Olympics 400 metres hurdles?
    American athlete Lashinda Demus will now be given the gold medal for the 2012 Olympics 400 metres hurdles.

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