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Former K-State high jumper’s 2012 Olympic silver medal upgraded to gold

Erik Kynard Jr., participates in the men's high jump finals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field...
Erik Kynard Jr., participates in the men's high jump finals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Monday, June 25, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)(WIBW)
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 3:11 PM CDT
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LONDON (WIBW) - Former Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard Jr. is officially an Olympic gold medalist — nine years after competing in the Games.

Ivan Ukhov, who placed first over Kynard in 2012, was among 12 Russian track & field athletes found guilty of taking part in “systematic doping” Friday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The former Wildcat tweeted in response to the news: “I’d like that 2014 WIC Medal Upgrade as a part of my reparations package as well.”

The CAS cut the length Ukhov’s ban from its original four years to two years and nine months. Still, that time overlaps with the London Olympics.

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