Caster Semenya‚ Sunette Viljoen to get upgraded medals from 2011

Caster Semenya of South Africa in action during the Women's 800m Final's on day 9 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Athletics Stadium on April 13, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
Caster Semenya of South Africa in action during the Women's 800m Final's on day 9 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Athletics Stadium on April 13, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
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Caster Semenya and Sunette Viljoen are to receive their upgraded medals from the 2011 world championships during the 2019 edition in Doha‚ Athletics SA (ASA) said on Thursday.

Semenya moves from 800m silver to gold and Viljoen from javelin bronze to silver after the Russian victors of both events — both called Mariya — were disqualified for doping.

Mariya Abakumova won the women’s javelin and Mariya Savinova the women’s 800m.

Viljoen will receive her silver ahead of the afternoon session on October 2. Semenya’s medal will be given to ASA.

The federation said it would “decide on the appropriate time‚ venue and date for an official handover to the athlete”.

The world championships in Doha run from September 27 to October 6.

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