British javelin record-holder gains medal following disqualification of Russia’s Mariya Abakumova

British javelin record-holder Goldie Sayers will belatedly receive her 2008 Olympic bronze medal in front of a home crowd at the Müller Anniversary Games on July 20.

Following a re-evaluation of Games samples in 2016, Russia’s Mariya Abakumova was disqualified and her original silver medal-winning position invalidated.

Sayers, who finished in fourth in the competition, was elevated into the bronze medal position after the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed Abakumova’s removal in 2018.

Her medal will be presented early afternoon on July 20, immediately before the main Diamond League event programme commences at the Anniversary Games.

“I’m thrilled to be receiving my medal in front of a home crowd in such an iconic stadium,” said Sayers, who announced her retirement from athletics in 2017.

“It means so much to me to be able to share this special moment in front of friends, family, coaches and teachers who all supported me for so many years during my athletics career.

“I would love to have as many people in the stadium to share this amazing moment with me.”

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