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Ennis-Hill becomes triple world champion after upgrade to gold

Jessica Ennis-Hill celebrates winning silver in the 2011 World Championships with now-disgraced gold medalist Tatyana Chernova. Michael Steele/Getty Images

Jessica Ennis-Hill will receive a gold medal for the 2011 World Athletics Championships heptathlon -- becoming a triple world champion -- the IAAF have confirmed.

Ennis-Hill took silver as Tatyana Chernova won gold in Daegu five years ago, but the Russian lost her appeal against the decision to annul her results between August 2011 and July 2013 last week.

Chernova had been found guilty of blood doping dating back to 2009.

Also receiving an upgrade to gold is the U.S. women's 4x400m relay team of 2013. The U.S. had finished second to Russia, but they were disqualified after Antonina Krivoshapka was found to have tested positive for turinabol -- a banned steroid -- earlier this year.

It also means that the British team, which included Christine Ohuruogu, will be bumped up to silver medals.

Ennis-Hill will receive her gold medal on Aug. 6 while the U.S. women's relay team will receive their medals on Aug. 4, both during the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.

Veteran U.S. distance runner Kara Goucher will be awarded a silver medal for the 10,000-meter event she ran a decade ago at the world championships in Osaka, upgraded from bronze - her only world podium finish. She went on to compete on two U.S. Olympic teams, 2008 (5,000- and 10,000-meters) and 2012 (marathon).

Goucher and Great Britain's Jo Pavey, who has been promoted from fourth to the bronze medal position for the same race, will receive their medals on Aug. 5 before the evening session of competition in London.

The 39-year-old Goucher said she got an invitation to the reallocation ceremony just last weekend, prompting her to cancel her previous plans and accept the IAAF's offer to pay for her travel to London. USA Track and Field, the national governing body, is footing the cost for her husband, Adam, and their 6 1/2-year-old son, Colt.

"I can't believe I'm finally going to get some closure on this,'' Goucher told ESPN's Bonnie Ford.

"Part of the thing that's been so hard about this is that athletes have felt disrespected. You feel like you had something stolen from you. My family has waited for this too, and I can't imagine going through it without them. It means a lot to me that USATF stepped up to send Adam and Colt, and that this is going to be done in an environment with my peers. We're finally being heard and taken seriously. I'm happy, especially for Jo, who never even got to stand on the podium.''

On the announcement of the redistribution of the medals, IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: "I'm delighted that the athletes are properly honoured for their achievements and what better way than in front of passionate athletics fans at a major championship.

"For those receiving gold medals, their moment in London will be all the more special as they will hear their national anthem played. Whatever their nationality clean athletes worldwide will celebrate with them."