Jessica Ennis-Hill Receives Gold Medal

Jessica Ennis-Hill is a track and field athlete from England and Olympic gold medalist in the heptathlon.  I recently wrote an article on the site regarding her retirement.  You can check it out here.

Well, her retirement may no longer be the biggest news revolving around Ennis-Hill in recent months.  Jessica Ennis-Hill has now been named the gold medal winner for the 2011 world championship.  She had originally come home with a silver medal, but the woman who beat her has now been stripped of the medal in the wake of a doping violation.

The 2011 world championships took place in Daegu, South Korea.  The original winner was Tatyana Chernova of Russia.  The Court of Arbitration for Sport stripped the medal from Chernova on November 29, 2016.

Chernova also tested positive for a banned steroid during the 2009 world championship and had her results annulled for this event as well.  This sanction took place prior to the 2011 medal stripping, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport determined additional analysis showed evidence of blood doping.

The Court’s official statement annulled all results by Chernova from August 15, 2011 to July 22, 2013 and stripped all awards, medals, points, prize and appearance money from the athlete during that timeframe.

Ennis-Hill posted an Instagram picture shortly after the announcement stating that she was happy to finally be receiving “my gold medal”.  This medal allowed her to become a three-time world champion, having been awarded gold in 2009, 2011 and 2015.

Now 30-years-old, Jessica Ennis-Hill can relax and enjoy her retirement having achieved great feats in the area of track and field.

As for Chernova, the 2011 world championship medal is not the only award she was forced to forfeit.  Chernova originally placed at the 2010 World Indoor Championships, the 2011 World Championships, the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 Universiade.  She has been disqualified from all of these.

The 2012 Olympic Games resulted in a bronze medal for Chernova, but the forfeit now moves Austra Skujyte of Lithuania in to third place.

Chernova will also be sanctioned and ineligible for a period of three years and eight months, beginning on February 5, 2016.  Chernova is now 28 years old and there is a good chance that her career in the sport is officially over with this sanction.  After the sanction is lifted, Chernova would be past her athletic prime and older than Ennis-Hill is at retirement.

John Sill