RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil- Darya Klishina, the sole Russian athlete allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics in the wake of the doping scandal that has rocked track and field, comfortably qualified for the final of the women’s long jump on Tuesday.
Klishina went out to 6.64m on her first jump in qualifying, followed by two no-marks.
It was enough to see her make the top 12 jumpers for Wednesday’s final at the Olympic Stadium.
Klishina won a last-minute verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to get into the Rio Games.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had approved Klishina as the only Russian entrant at the Olympics but then excluded her in a shock move on Friday after getting new information about her doping samples.
The 25-year-old former European indoor champion had been allowed into Rio because she is based in the United States and underwent regular international doping tests.
After a day of hearings Sunday, the CAS special anti-doping tribunal announced in the early hours of Monday that Klishina’s appeal had succeeded and she “remained eligible to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio.”
Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren provided new evidence to the IAAF about Klishina last week that led to the withdrawal of her Rio eligibility.
The new evidence concerned two urine sample bottles that had been tampered with. One contained two different DNA sets.
The CAS said that despite the evidence, Klishina met the IAAF testing criteria to compete in Rio.
The McLaren report for the World Anti-Doping Authority accused the Russian government of “state-sponsored” doping including by tampering with the samples of Russian athletes.
Joining Klishina in Wednesday’s final will be American Brittney Reese, who already owns more global long jump titles than any other woman in history.
Defending Olympic gold medallist Reese, also a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2013) qualified on her first attempt 6.78m, with the mark set at 6.75 or at least the 12 best performers.
Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic, a two-time world bronze medallist headed the listings with a best of 6.87m.
American Tianna Bartoletta regained her world title last year, 10 years after winning her maiden crown, and will have a shot at Olympic glory as her 6.70m saw her go through.