Olympic runner who was robbed of a medal by Russian 'cheaters' leads a chorus of athlete condemnation

A US Olympian who was robbed of a medal by alleged Russian dopers broke down in tears as she remembered being kept off the podium in 2012
Alysia Montano came fifth in the 800m behind gold winner Mariya Savinova-Farnosova (left) and bronze medalist Ekaterina Poistogova during the London games
The are both facing lifetime bans after a damning World Anti-Doping Agency report suggested Russia was systematically covering up doping - meaning Montano could win the bronze.
The 29-year-old runner from Queens, New York, said a lot of athletes 'knew' that it was going on , but didn't have any proof - so any accusations would have only been 'finger-pointing'. 

She also admitted she was excited at the prospect she could be awarded a medal, but added: 'You can't ever get back those moments, you can't ever replace those feelings that I would have been able to experience at the time.'
In a Periscope video released on Monday, she said: 'It's not just the medal, it's not just you being the bronze medalist, silver medalist, gold medalist, but it's about you putting out an honest effort.
'I feel for the longest time I tried to not think about it not being fair,' Montano explained. 'I had bouts of just being like, 'Why am I in this sport? I'm not willing to to dope, I'm not willing to cheat, I'm not willing to not approach my goals with ethics.'
'[But] I knew I put everything, all my effort, energy and time into doing my very best … and I feel like I did that. Obviously I don't have any medals in my hand still, yet, but with the findings, it looks promising and I'm very very hopeful.'
Montano also told The Washington Post that she knew of the alleged cheating before she even took part in the race.
It meant her strategy was based on doing whatever she could to beat the 'dopers'. 
'My whole race plan was based on doing what I could to get a head start to beat the dopers.
'That’s how I approached it. It’s so sad my race plan had to be like that. It had to be like, "Okay, I’m racing against robots. How can I try to get a leg up on them before they start coming after me?"

Montano posted on Twitter the medals she arguably should have won after she was robbed by alleged Russian doping athletes 
Montano posted on Twitter the medals she arguably should have won after she was robbed by alleged Russian doping athletes 
Duane Solomon, another 800m runner, accused other countries of being behind the illicit schemes 
Duane Solomon, another 800m runner, accused other countries of being behind the illicit schemes 
New Zealand long distance runner Nick Willis said it was time for IAAF to be completely restructured 

British athlete Jenny Meadows has come second and third to Savinova in 800m races on numerous occasions. She said the news had 'confirmed' that the Russian athletics federation had 'denied' her of big wins
British athlete Jenny Meadows has come second and third to Savinova in 800m races on numerous occasions. She said the news had 'confirmed' that the Russian athletics federation had 'denied' her of big wins
On Monday, Paula Radcliffe tweeted that 'clean athletes' needed to 'stand up and fight for our sport'
On Monday, Paula Radcliffe tweeted that 'clean athletes' needed to 'stand up and fight for our sport'
Great Britain marathon runner Aly Dixon has called on big decisions to be made following the WADA report
Great Britain marathon runner Aly Dixon has called on big decisions to be made following the WADA report
Tracey Crouch, Secretary of State for Sport, said on Twitter that it was a 'dark day' for the sport 

The London Olympics wasn't the only time Savinova prevented Montano from taking home a medal.
At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, the same city where Russian officials supposedly threw out positive drug test samples to cover-up the endemic cheating, Savinova finished second and Montano finished fourth.
She also prevented Montano from taking home a medal at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea.
The Russian was first in the 800m and Montano placed fourth.
Montano revealed not being awarded those medals cost her 'at least $600,000' since 2010, in combination of prize money and performance bonuses that would have been paid by her sponsors.
She was one of many athletes to vent their frustration at the findings.
Duane Soloman, who also runs the 800m, said more countries are allegedly behind the illicit scheme, and they should be exposed.
He wrote on Twitter: 'I know Russia is not the only country hiding their dopers. Let's bring them all out and end this doping thing once and for all.' 
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stood behind Montano, slamming the Russians after the accusations were revealed.

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