Extra Medal Awarded To Isle Of Wight's Olympic Star Kelly…

The IOC has stripped Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova of her bronze medal won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to a further doping violation.

Chernova had already lost her London 2012 bronze medal and the 2011 world title from a previous doping case. While we are buoyed by the news that British Olympians are a step closer to being awarded the medals their talents and efforts deserve, it's a great shame their moment on the podium nearly nine years ago has been taken away from them.

"If I am to get a medal I want a fresh, clean one".

Two more Russian athletes, including the Beijing 2008 bronze medalist in the heptathlon, have been sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee for doping offenses. On Monday, nearly nine years after the Beijing Games, she got a call to tell her that she had been upgraded to a bronze medal. "I don't have my medals on display at home but it would be pretty disappointing to get a world gold in the post".

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




"Re-analysis of Chernova's samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (turinabol)".

She was part of the British 4x400m relay team that was retrospectively awarded bronze in Beijing in 2008 following the disqualification of Belarus and Russian Federation.

Isle of Wight athlete Kelly Sotherton has been told she will receive a third Olympic bronze medal - after another competitor was disqualified.

If a disqualified athlete's appeal is unsuccessful, the IOC is only then able to officially reallocate the medals and will do so informing the British Olympic Association.

She also failed a separate test for the same substance in January 2015.

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