Sotherton wants podium presentation for overdue Olympic medals

Geneva Matthews
April 26, 2017

Kelly Sotherton of Great Britain, who originally finished fifth in the heptathlon in 2008, confirmed on Twitter that she will now receive the bronze.

For many competitors, years of hard work and determination go into competing in the Olympic Games, so you can understand the utter joy that this woman felt when she received the news she won a medal...

24 de abril de 2017, 15:59Moscow, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The International Olympic Committtee (IOC) has disqualified Russian athlete and Olympic bronze medal in heptathlon in the 2008 Olympic Games -and also a participant in the World Championship in Doha in 2010- Tatiana Chernova for having used the steroid turinabol.

Sotherton was therefore in line to become a back-to-back Olympic heptathlon medallist nearly nine years after following up her 2004 bronze with an agonising fifth place that was upgraded a week later to fourth after Ukraine's Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test.

Chernova, 29, previously lost her 2012 Olympic bronze medal and was also stripped of her 2011 world title due to doping.

Blonska's disqualification moved Chernova into third place, but now, the bronze medal belongs to Sotherton, who retired from athletics in 2012.

Samples are stored for a decade, and for the 2008 and 2012 re-tests Russian Federation has had the most positive cases per nation.

The IOC has now caught 111 athletes through retesting from the 2008 and 2012 Games.

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