McPherson to get reallocated bronze in London
JAMAICA's Stephanie Ann McPherson is among 11 individual athletes and five teams, from across 11 events, at four previous IAAF World Championships, who have accepted invitations to receive reallocated medals at next month's IAAF World Championships in London.
An IAAF release stated that London 2017 will rightfully see the reallocation of a number of world championship medals including two golds. These upgrades follow the disqualification of the results of the original medallists after their sanction for anti-doping rule violations.
McPherson will receive a bronze medal after placing fourth in the women's 400m at Moscow 2013. The presentation will take place in the London Olympic stadium just prior to the start of the evening-competition session.
The elevation to first place of Britain's Jessica Ennis for the Daegu 2011 Heptathlon and of the USA women's team for the Moscow 2013 4x400m will also be presented in that time slot.
The USA squad will receive their gold medals on Friday, August 4, the opening evening of the championships, while Ennis will receive her medal on Sunday 6 August. Both ceremonies will be accompanied by their national anthems and flags.
With respect to fellow athletes who have not been able to take up this opportunity, the IAAF is in contact with their national federations to find other occasions to present them their 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."