Could a gold medal come before Tokyo?

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 5:23 PM EDT
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Well before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games were pushed back, Toledo native Erik Kynard was working out preparing for the U.S. trials. An event that was originally scheduled two days from now, not anymore.

Those Olympic games were supposed to be Kynard's next shot at a gold medal.

But in February 2018, the 2012 Olympic high jump gold medalist was one of 12 Russian athletes found guilty in a systemic doping investigation. Which means the silver medalist would likely upgrade to the gold medal -- and that silver medalist happens to be Kynard.

But that is a process, one that has now lasted 16 months.

was also supposed to happen two years after Erik suffered a ruptured Achilles. His focus has been on the Tokyo games ever since the injury in the summer of 2018.

Kynard, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon two years ago, wasn't dwelling on the possibility of receiving the gold medal.

"I know drugs in sport is something that does exist," Kynard said. "Me, I exercise being clean, that's all I can do, is be one hundred percent organic. I can't focus on the variables of other people in other nations half way around the world."

In the meantime as the wait continues, it is no doubt a lengthy process that includes hearings and appeals, not that Kynard is caught up in any of that. He takes a forward looking approach and what's ahead is the Tokyo games in 2021.

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