Mariya Savinova

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Mariya Savinova
Mariya Savinova - Womens 800m - 2012 Olympics.jpg
Savinova in 2012
Personal information
Nationality  Russia
Born (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 32)
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) 800 metres
Club Dynamo Sports Club

Mariya Sergeyevna Savinova (Russian: Мария Сергеевна Савинова; born 13 August 1985) is a Russian former athlete who specialized in the 800 metres. In 2017, she was found guilty of doping, was suspended from competition for four years, and had three years of results nullified, removing the bulk of her elite career including an Olympic gold medal.


Savinova was born in Chelyabinsk. In 2009, she became the European indoor champion in the 800 m and the World indoor champion (also in the 800 m) one year later. She originally won gold medals at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Doping suspension[edit]

In December 2014, a documentary aired on German TV in which Savinova admitted to using the anabolic steroid oxandrolone. She said, "Oxandrolone is very quickly out of my body again. It takes less than 20 days. We have tested that. My husband has very good contacts at the doping control laboratory."[1][2]

In November 2015, Savinova was one of five Russian runners the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended to receive a lifetime ban for doping during the London Olympics, along with Ekaterina Poistogova.[3][4][5]

On 10 February 2017, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a four-year ban for Savinova and nullified her results from July 2010 to August 2013, stripping her of the medals she won during that time.[2][6]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain Heats 800 m 2:06.72
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 1st 800 m 1:58.10
World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 800 m 1:58.68
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 800 m 1:58.26
European Championships Barcelona, Spain DSQ 800 m 1:58.22
Continental Cup Split, Croatia DSQ 800 m 1:58.27
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea DSQ 800 m 1:55.87
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom DSQ 800 m 1:56.19
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia DSQ 800 m 1:57.80


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