23 Jul 2009

Seven Russians have doping bans increased

8:40 am on 23 July 2009

Seven Russian athletes, including former 1,500 metres world champion Tatyana Tomashova, have been banned for two years and nine months each.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport handed the Russians an extra nine months following an appeal by the International Athletics Federation for the bans be increased to four years.

The bans related to the possible manipulation of urine samples collected in an out-of-competition testing in Russia.

Middle-distance runners Yelena Soboleva, Olga Yegorova, Yelena Fomenko and Svetlana Cherkasova, discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova and former hammer world record holder Gulfia Khanafeyeva copped the extra time along with Tomashova