Jul 22, 2018
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Christine Ohuruogu and Kelly Sotherton additionally gained particular person medals in China

The Nice Britain girls’s 4x400m relay staff from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will obtain their bronze medals at Saturday’s Anniversary Video games.

The quartet of Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Sotherton, Marilyn Okoro and Nicola Sanders completed fifth within the closing on the Hen’s Nest in China.

However the staff have been promoted to fourth when Russia were disqualified after samples have been reanalysed in 2016.

They moved up again when Belarus’ Sviatlana Usovich examined optimistic.

“To have a podium expertise 10 years on clearly is not splendid,” stated Sotherton, who can be ready to obtain her heptathlon bronze medal after Ukrainian Lyudmila Blonska and Russia’s Tatyana Chernova have been disqualified.

“However I’m overwhelmed that all of us get to face in an Olympic Stadium in entrance of a British crowd to obtain one thing that vindicates our efficiency.

“I lastly really feel happy we bought what the staff deserved. To run the time we did and never medal and end fifth was laborious.”

The recently-retired Ohuruogu, who gained the 400m particular person title on the similar Video games, added: “Listening to the information that we’re to obtain our bronze medals stirs up a sequence of feelings.

“In fact I’m joyful that we’re lastly getting the reward and recognition that our efficiency on the day deserved, however there’s nonetheless some frustration that we by no means had ‘our second’ on the time, and that it has taken 10 years to get to this stage.

“Nonetheless, I sit up for sharing the rostrum with the opposite ladies on the Anniversary Video games and hope that everyone in my staff who helped me get to that time additionally shares a way of satisfaction within the achievement and feels vindicated for all of the work.”

A number of athletes – together with Jessica Ennis-Hill – obtained reallocated Olympic and World Championship medals throughout final yr’s World Athletics Championships and Anniversary Video games.

BBC Sport – Athletics

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