IAAF to reallocate two World Championship golds in London

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American Athletes celebrate their victory with flag
American Athletes celebrate their victory with flag
American Athletes celebrate their victory with flag
American Athletes celebrate their victory with flag

Hepathlete Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and the American women’s 4×400 metres relay team will receive their reallocated World Championship gold medals at next month’s edition in London, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have confirmed.

Both will be retrospectively crowned as world champions after the original winners were disqualified for doping offences.

A common complaint is that drug cheats deny the rightful winners a podium celebration in front of a full stadium and the IAAF has moved to address the issue.

In all, medals from 11 different World Championship events will be re-issued at London’s Olympic Stadium and The Mall.

Four editions of the flagship IAAF event are effected – Osaka 2007, Berlin 2009, Daegu 2011 and Moscow 2013.

On nine occasions, the athlete disqualified represented Russia – currently suspended from competition by the IAAF due to doping allegations against the country.

Turkey and Belarus also saw an athlete stripped of a medal.

Both of the gold medals to be reallocated will be accompanied by national anthems and flags.

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