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McGettigan to receive Euro bronze
24 Nov 2014 12:12
Ireland’s Roisin McGettigan will be presented with a bronze medal for the 1500m at the 2009 European Indoor Athletics Championships at Wednesday’s National Athletics Awards following the suspension imposed on Anna Alminova of Russia for a doping offence.
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Alminova crossed the line first in Turin, but has had all her results since February 2009 cancelled and has been given a 30-month suspension due to irregularities in her biological passport.
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Athletics Ireland was officially informed in October by European Athletics that a replacement medal would be made available for presentation to the Wicklow woman.
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Spain’s Natalia Rodríguez will now be awarded the gold for the race.
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McGettigan, who has retired from the sport, will travel from her home in Rhode Island in the United States to receive her medal.
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Athletics Ireland chief executive John Foley said: “It is right and fitting that Roisin is given an opportunity to celebrate her medal-winning performance.
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“Roisin was a top quality international athlete who competed for Ireland with distinction for many years, including at the Olympic Games, as well as being an Irish record holder and now as a recorded European medallist.”
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