2017-07-26 14:29:02
Cheated World Track Medalists to Finally Have a Proper Ceremony

14:29, July 26 243 0

When the world championships of track and field begin next month in London, there will be a few extra medal ceremonies.

Eleven athletes and five teams whose results from past world championships have been upgraded because of doping violations will receive their new medals, the International Association of Athletics Federations, the governing body of track and field, said on Wednesday.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, a heptathlete from Britain, and a women’s 4x400 relay team from the United States will receive gold medals and the full flag and anthem treatment.

Ennis-Hill placed second in 2011 behind Tatyana Chernova of Russia, who was suspended for doping in 2013. The United States women ran second behind Russia in 2013. Russia was disqualified from that race this year after one of its athletes, Antonina Krivoshapka, tested positive.

“It’s taken awhile but I’m so pleased to be finally receiving my gold medal!” Ennis-Hill said on Twitter.

A number of other athletes who have chosen not to attend the London event next month, or are unable to, will be given their medals on other occasions.

“I’m delighted that the athletes are properly honored for their achievements and what better way than in front of passionate athletics fans at a major championship,” the I.A.A.F. president, Sebastian Coe, said in a statement.

Some of the medals will be awarded 10 years after the events took place. Kara Goucher of the United States will receive a silver medal and Jo Pavey of Britain a bronze for the 10,000 meters at the 2007 championships in Osaka, Japan. The silver medalist in that race, Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey, was barred for doping this year after her sample from 2007 was retested.

Some athletes who have been retroactively awarded Olympic and world championship medals in recent years have complained that the moment was less than magical without a ceremony.

“Man, I wanted to get that feeling of being on a podium and the world is applauding your achievement,” said the American high jumper Chaunté Lowe, who was elevated to bronze for the 2008 Olympics last year. “I was robbed of that moment.”