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Suffolk’s Goldie Sayers finally awarded 2008 Olympic bronze

PUBLISHED: 16:07 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 27 July 2018

Great Britain's Goldie Sayers in action back in 2012. The Suffolk athlete has finally been awarded a bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games. Picture: PA SPORT

Great Britain's Goldie Sayers in action back in 2012. The Suffolk athlete has finally been awarded a bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games. Picture: PA SPORT

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Suffolk’s Goldie Sayers is set to finally receive a bronze medal from the 2008 Olympics - a year after she retired from competition.

Goldie Sayers retired in 2017. Picture: PA SPORTGoldie Sayers retired in 2017. Picture: PA SPORT

Newmarket’s Sayers threw a British javelin record of 65.75m in Beijing, but finished in fourth, 39cm outside the medal placings.

However, silver medallist Mariya Abakumova, of Russia, was found to have tested positive for anabolic steroid turinabol during a re-analysis of her sample from the Games.

She was subsequently stripped of silver but appealed – only for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to dismiss her appeal on Thursday.

That means Sayers is promoted to the bronze medal placing – her first and only medal from a major competition – while German Christina Obergfoll will now receive silver.

Sayers, who retired last year, tweeted: “When did you find out you’d won an Olympic bronze medal? Me: Sitting on a stationary GWR train in Taunton station eating a cheese ploughmans.”


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