Masai, Flanagan get 2008 Olympics medal upgrades


Linet Masai competes at the Daegu World Championships in 2011. The 2009 World 10,000m champion is now ...
Linet Masai competes at the Daegu World Championships in 2011. The 2009 World 10,000m champion is now a 2008 Olympics bronze winner. (PHOTO/IAAF/Courtesy)

Linet Masai will receive the 2008 Olympics bronze medal nine years after her 30:26.50 run that was at the time only good enough to earn her the World Junior record and national record.

The 2009 World 10,000m champion, who finished fourth in Beijing, was upgraded to bronze following a doping ban against Turkish second-place finisher Elvan Abeylegesse.

Abeylegesse tested positive for a banned steroid in a retest of a sample belonging to the Ethiopian-born runner from the 2007 World Championships with the announcement made five months.

US distance runner Shalane Flanagan was celebrating on Monday after finally being awarded her silver but reiterated she does not want a makeup medal ceremony.

The then bronze medallist Flanagan posted a picture of herself on Twitter, kissing her newly acquired silver medal in celebration.

Flanagan said she had declined an offer from USOC to have her silver awarded at a public ceremony.

“Receiving my proper medal and having the record books changed is a dream come true,” Flanagan said.

“I greatly appreciate the USOC’s efforts to host a more formal medal ceremony in my honor, but with my coach and my family, I have decided to forego that option and instead celebrate in private,” she added.

“This news, and receiving my medal, are all that I need to feel incredibly fulfilled and happy. I’m honored and proud to officially be the 2008 10,000-meter silver medalist.”

Flanagan, 36, has concentrated on the marathon in the years since her 2008 Olympic campaign. She finished sixth in the women’s marathon at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

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