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Heffernan to bag 2010 Euro bronze
30 Jul 2014 20:08
Ireland’s Rob Heffernan will be awarded a bronze medal for his fourth-place finish in the 20km walk at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona after Russia’s Stanislav Emelyanov was stripped of the gold medal due to irregularities in his biological passport.
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The IAAF revealed today that Emelyanov, part of a Russian walking organisation rocked by a series of recent doping revelations, will have a ban backdated to 26 July, 2010 – one day before he finished first at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.
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The gold medal will controversially go to Italy’s Alex Schwaze, who retired in 2012 after failing a doping test, although sanctions against him weren’t enacted retrospectively.
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Joao Vieira of Portugal will be promoted to second in the wake of Emelyanov’s disqualification.
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Heffernan, the 2013 50km world champion, is the latest Irish athlete in line to medal after a fellow competitor was discovered to have breached the IAAF’S rules, with Roisin McGettigan and the recently-retired Derval O’Rourke also in strong positions to retrospectively place at major championships.
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