Fortunehas smiled on Nigerian sprinting sensation and Long Jump queen, Blessing Okagbare as her Beijing 2008 Bronze medal is set to be upgraded to Silver after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped Russia’s Tatiana Lebedeva of the Silver medal in the women’s Long Jump event.
The Russian athlete won Silver medals in the Long Jump and Triple Jump events respectively in Beijing. However, following a re-analysis of her samples from the Games, she was stripped of both medals and was disqualified from the Beijing Olympics for testing positive to prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.
According to the IOC, Lebedeva is to return both Silver medals, diplomas and medallist pins obtained in her events. The body also mandated the IAAF to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly.
The withdrawal of Lebedeva’s Triple Jump Silver medal has dramatically altered the podium placement in the event, considering that initial Bronze medallist, Hrysopiyi Devetzi was also disqualified by the IOC and stripped of her medal on November 17, 2016, after a re-analysis of her doping sample from 2008 was found to have stanozolol in it.
As such, Rio 2016 Bronze medallist Olga Rypakova who placed 4th in Beijing 2008 with a distance of 15.11m, will now claim the Silver medal, while 5th place finisher Yargelis Savigne (15.05m) of Cuba will be awarded Bronze. Françoise Mbango Etone won the event in an Olympic Record (OR) of 15.39m while competing for Cameroon.
According to insidethegames.biz, Lebedeva has resigned from her position on the World Olympians Association (WOA) Executive Committee, and has also been suspended from her position on the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Women’s Committee. However, she intends to appeal IOC’s decision.
In a similar development, the Jamaican quartet of Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell was stripped of their GOLD medal in the men’s 4x100m from the same Olympics after Carter tested positive to banned substance methylhexaneamine.