Sayers in line for Olympic medal eight years on

JUSTICE: Goldie Sayers is likely to be awarded a bronze Olympic medal following the latest doping revelations in Russia.
JUSTICE: Goldie Sayers is likely to be awarded a bronze Olympic medal following the latest doping revelations in Russia.
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Goldie Sayers is set to be awarded a belated bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing following fresh revelations about the ongoing doping scandal in Russia.

However, Russian news agency TASS has now claimed that nine of the country’s athletes were found in recent retests to have provided positive samples at the Games, including javelin silver medalist Maria Abakumova.

If that report is subsequently ratified by the International Olympic Committee, Abakumova faces being stripped of her medal, promoting Sayers up to third position in the process.

Speaking back in November about the situation, 33-year-old Sayers said: “I broke a British record, threw a personal best and possibly threw the furthest in history not to win a medal by finishing in fourth place.

“But to now not know, to suspect and to think you may have been denied getting that medal is pretty gutting.”

* Meanwhile, former RAF Lakenheath High School pupil Greg Billington has been included in Team USA’s triathlon squad for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janerio.

The 26-year-old. who lived in Six Mile Bottom during his time in England, was the highest American finisher at the recent Rio ITU World Olympic Qualification event, placing 15th.

Billington’s quest for an Olympic medal will take place on Thursday, August 18 at the Fort Copacabana.