Abakumova at the 2011 World Championships
|Full name||Mariya Vasiliyevna Abakumova|
|Born||15 January 1986|
Stavropol, Soviet Union
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||NR 71.99 m (2011)|
Abakumova is a two-time Olympian; she has competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. She won silver at the former with a throw of 70.78 m and finished in tenth place at the latter with a throw of 59.34 m. In 2013, she won the Summer Universiade with a throw of 65.12 m and later that year she won bronze at the World Championships with a 65.09 m throw.
In May 2016, it was reported that Abakumova was one of 14 Russian athletes, and nine medalists, implicated in doping following the retesting of urine from the 2008 Olympic Games. Abakumova was named by Russian press agency TASS as having failed the retest, which was undertaken following the Russian doping scandal of 2015 and 2016. If confirmed, under IOC and IAAF rules, Abakumova stands to lose all results, medals and records from the date of the original test to May 2016. On 13 September 2016, her doping was confirmed by the IOC. Her results at the 2008 Summer Olympics were voided, and she had to return the medal she had won. Abakumova appealed the IOC's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). On 26 July 2018 the CAS dismissed Abakumova's appeal and upheld the IOC's decision.
- Nick Butler (24 May 2016). "Russia could lose nine Beijing 2008 Olympic medals after retests of doping samples". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- "IOC sanctions four athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London 2012". 25 January 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- "26.07.18 - CAS dismisses the appeals filed by Ekaterina Gnidenko, Maria Abakumova and Tatyana Lebedeva" (PDF). Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- "CAS dismisses Olympic appeals from Russia trio". Reuters. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
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