Three Russian athletes, including the women’s defending European indoor pole vault champion, were cleared on Thursday to compete in international competition under a neutral flag after proving their anti-doping credentials.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova — European champion indoors and out — sprinter Kristina Sivkova and hammer thrower Aleksei Sokirskii all met the “exceptional eligibility criteria” after showing they had undergone dope testing in an environment considered acceptable by the doping review board.

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Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia competes in the women’s pole vault qualification during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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