US high jumper Erik Kynard receives 2012 Olympic gold medal from Russian dopers


LAUSANNE, Switzerland – American high jumper Erik Kynard will finally receive his gold medal from the London 2012 Olympics after the IOC on Friday approved the reassignment of some results from those Games due to doping cases.

Kynard’s jump of 2.33 meters took second place behind Ivan Ukhov, who years later had demonstrably participated in the steroid doping program supported by the Russian state.

Ukhov was banned from the Sports Arbitration Court for four years in 2019. He went back to the same court for an appeal last year but was unable to overturn the sentence.

The board of the International Olympic Committee decided on Friday to redistribute the medals and final results for five disciplines of the London Olympics, including the men’s and women’s high jump.

After Kynard rose to the men’s gold, the three bronze medal winners from 2012 will now each receive silver: Derek Drouin from Canada, Robbie Grabarz from Great Britain and Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar. Barshim also won gold at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in August.

The IOC also re-awarded the bronze medal in the women’s high jump for a Russian female athlete. Svetlana Shkolina was disqualified for doping and the Spaniard Ruth Beitia took bronze.