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2ND LEAD Sole Russian athlete Klishina out of Rio Olympics - appeal lodged By John Bagratuni, dpa

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Russia has no track and field athlete left at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after its only eligible athlete, long jumper Darya Klishina, has been told by the ruling body IAAF she cannot compete.

An IAAF spokesman told dpa on Saturday it "has withdrawn the special eligibility based on new information received last week," a decision that applies not only for the Olympics but all other competition.

The spokesman gave no further details on the new information. The federation requested additional information on Klishina following the report that Canadian investigator Richard McLaren had drawn up for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Tass quoted an unnamed Russian sports official as saying.

The IAAF spokesman said Klishina was informed about the measure last week, and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) general secretary Mathieu Reeb confirmed to dpa that Klishina is challenging the ruling to get into the Rio competition after all.

"Appeal confirmed, but I do not have more details for the moment," Reeb said in an email.

A CAS decision is expected Sunday or Monday. Long jump qualifying is Tuesday and the final the following day.

United States-based Klishina was originally the only Russian track and field athlete allowed to compete in Rio, after the Russian athletics federation was suspended over doping practices in the country and its other 67 proposed Olympic athletes were banned - a ruling that was confirmed by CAS last month.

The two-time European indoor champion Klishina was originally allowed to compete because she had undergone enough independent doping tests outside Russia.

She was considered a traitor in some Russian social media cycles.

Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov was not amused at all with the latest ruling.

"The situation with Darya Klishina looks like a cynical mockery of the athlete by the IAAF," the ROC Twitter account quoted Zhukov as saying.

Another Russian athlete, Yulia Stepanova, was also allowed to compete by the IAAF, in recognition of the fact that her information had been vital to help uncover the doping scheme in Russia, made public via two reports of a commission led by former WADA chief Dick Pound.

But the International Olympic Committee then barred Stepanova from the Games.

WADA said Saturday that her account in the agency‘s anti-doping administration and management system had been hacked in a recent cyber attack.

A third WADA report was released on July 24 by McLaren, who spoke of widespread and state-sponsored doping in Russia.

Russia escaped a blanket ban but its athletes had to meet strict criteria to compete in Brazil, with some 280 of them now at the Games.

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