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Erik Kynard becomes 2012 Olympic high jump gold medalist in 2021

American Erik Kynard was upgraded to a 2012 Olympic high jump gold medal after original gold medalist Ivan Ukhov of Russia was previously stripped for doping, the IOC announced Friday.

Kynard was the original silver medalist at the London Games, clearing 2.33 meters. Ukhov cleared 2.38.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport made the final ruling on Ukhov’s disqualification in April. After appeals processes play out, the IOC waits for international federations to choose whether to modify results before medal reallocations are announced.

Kynard said in April, when his golden upgrade became a formality, that it was “of no consequence to him” after years of waiting and the process “taking forever.”

“It was a sigh of relief that everyone can leave me alone about the subject matter,” Kynard told the CBS affiliate in his native Ohio in April, noting he was focused on the Olympic Trials (where Kynard ultimately finished fourth, missing the Tokyo team by one spot). “As far as the celebration associated with that accomplishment, that time has passed.”

Mutaz Barshim of Qatar, Derek Drouin of Canada and Robbie Grabarz of Great Britain, who originally tied for bronze, will each get silvers once medals are reallocated. Barshim shared Olympic gold this year with Italian Gianmarco Tamberi. Drouin won the 2016 Olympic title outright.

The IOC also announced the the bronze medal will be reallocated from the 2012 Olympic women’s high jump. Russian Svetlana Shkolina was previously stripped of the medal following an investigation into the Russian doping scheme in 2012 and 2013 that also caught Ukhov.

Similarly in wrestling, American Tervel Dlagnev will be moved up to 2012 Olympic 120kg freestyle bronze, the IOC announced Friday. That move was also expected after the original gold and silver medalists were stripped for doping in 2019.

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