British Olympic relay team gets medals 9 years after race


July 10, 2017
Great Britain's 4x400 metre relay team from the 2008 Olympics (from left), Martyn Rooney, Michael Bingham, Robert Tobin and Andrew Steele celebrate after upgrading to third place and receiving a bronze medal during the London Anniversary Games at London Stadium, London, yesterday. (AP Photo)

LONDON, England (AP):

They stepped on the podium. The medals were presented. Nine years too late, and in London rather than Beijing for Britain's 4x400-metre relay team from the 2008 Olympics.

Michael Bingham, Martyn Rooney, Andrew Steele and Robert Tobin yesterday finally had the medal ceremony they were denied in China after being cheated out of bronze at the time by a doping Russian runner.

The Britons were upgraded to bronze after retests of doping samples last year from the Beijing Olympics showed that Denis Alexeev, who helped Russia's relay team finish third in Beijing, had used an anabolic steroid.

Rather than the medals just being dispatched in the mail to the British quartet, they received them at a ceremony during the London leg of the Diamond League at the main stadium from the 2012 Olympics. They were presented by Craig Reedie, the Scotsman who is a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, before God Save the Queen was played.

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