Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The IAAF World Championships London 2017 will rightfully see the reallocation of a number of World Championships medals including two golds. These upgrades follow the disqualification of the results of the original medallists after their sanction for anti-doping rule violations.
The elevation to first place of Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill for the 2011 heptathlon title and of the US women’s team for the 2013 4x400m title will take place in the London Olympic stadium just prior to the start of the evening competition session. The USA squad will receive their gold medals on Friday 4 August, the opening evening of the championships, while Ennis-Hill will receive her medal on Sunday 6 August. Both ceremonies will be accompanied by their national anthems and flags.
In total, 11 individual athletes and five teams from across 11 events at four previous IAAF World Championships have accepted invitations to receive their reallocated medals in London. 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.”
• This media release was originally published by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on 26 July 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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