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Sergey Alexandrovich Kirdyapkin (Russian: Серге́й Александрович Кирдяпкин, born 18 June 1980 in Insar, Mordovia) is a Russian race walker. He was stripped of the 2012 Olympic gold medal in the 50K walk, by decision of the Court of Arbitration published 24 March 2016, due to doping violations. Due to these doping violations, he was given a three-year-and-two-month ban from athletic competition, backdated to 15 October 2012, allowing him time to still qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] However, Russia did not compete in athletics at the 2016 Olympics, due to the suspension of the governing body, the IAAF, due to widespread doping.[2]

Sergey Kirdyapkin
Sergey Kirdyapkin at Russian 2012 olympians.jpg
Sergey Kirdyapkin at the meetion of Russian 2012 Summer Olympics medalists with the President of Russia on August 16, 2012
Personal information
Born (1980-01-16) 16 January 1980 (age 39)
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
Country Russia
Event(s)50km Race Walk



Kirdyapkin won the gold medal in the 50 km walk at the 2012 London Olympics with an Olympic record time 3:35:59.

He also won two gold medals in the 50 km walk at the 2005 World Championships in a personal best time of 3:38:08 hours and at the 2009 World Championships, finishing in 3:38:35, his second fastest ever time.[3]

He is married to fellow racewalker Anisya Kirdyapkina. He is coached by Viktor Chegin, who also coaches racewalk world champions Valeriy Borchin and Olga Kaniskina.[4]


Kirdyapkin's coach, Viktor Chegin, has been embroiled in doping controversy during his whole career and this has passed much suspicion onto Kirdyapkin. Chegin has coached no less than 30 athletes that have failed doping tests.[5] On 20 January 2015 Kirdyapkin was disqualified for 3 years and 2 months starting from 15 October 2012, and all his results between 20 July 2009 and 20 September 2009, between 29 June 2010 and 29 August 2011, as well as between 17 December 2011 and 11 June 2012 (which include a world championship gold) were annulled.[6]

On March 25, 2015, the IAAF filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration in Lausanne, Switzerland, suggesting inappropriate selective disqualification periods were attributed by RUSADA, which alludes to but is not specified in the public announcement, the strange gap between Kirdyapkin's suspension dates allowing him to keep his Olympic Gold Medal.[7] As of April 16, the IAAF have not changed the results of the World Cup victory,[8] which would fall under the existing RUSADA suspension period.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Russia
2005 European Race Walking Cup Miskolc, Hungary 2nd 50 km 3:41:11
1st Team - 50 km 6 pts
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 50 km 3:38:08
2006 World Race Walking Cup A Coruña, Spain 49th 50 km 4:23:27
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 50 km DNF
2008 World Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 6th 50 km 3:48:29
Olympic Games Beijing, China 50 km DNF
2009 European Race Walking Cup Metz, France DSQ 50 km DNF
World Championships Berlin, Germany DSQ 50 km 3:38:35
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain DSQ 50 km DNF
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea DSQ 50 km DNF
2012 World Race Walking Cup Saransk, Russia DSQ 50 km 3:38:08
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom DSQ 50 km 3:35:59
  • Following the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, published 24 March 2016,[9] IAAF have indicated that in addition to immediately stripping Kirdyapkin of results under their control, they have also instructed the IOC to strip him of his result in the Olympic Games.[10] As such Jared Tallent becomes the 2012 Olympic champion.


  1. ^ "3 Russian Olympic champion race walkers banned for doping". Yahoo! News. AP. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ Ellingworth, James (28 February 2016). "Russia's world-beating walkers return doping bans".
  3. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (21 August 2009). Event Report - Men's 50km Race Walk - Final Archived 26 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  4. ^ Powell, David (21 August 2009). "Kirdyapkin clinches three-for-three for coach Chegin". IAAF. Archived from the original on 26 August 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link). RUSADA. Retrieved on 15 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Информация о дисквалификации: легкая атлетика" (in Russian). Russian Anti-Doping Agency. 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  7. ^ "IAAF appeals six decisions recently made by RUSADA". IAAF. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  8. ^ "50 Kilometres Race Walk Results". Archived from the original on 10 October 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  9. ^ [1] (PDF) Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  10. ^ "IAAF Statement on IAAF v RUSADA case" (Press release). IAAF. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016.

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