Goldie Sayers to receive bronze medal from 2008 Olympic Games at the Muller Anniversary Games in London
Almost 4,000 days have passed since Goldie Sayers was cheated out of a place on the podium at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Newmarket-raised athlete had set a new British record of 65.75m in the javelin final, but she was forced to settle for fourth place inside the Bird’s Nest Stadium behind Barbora Spotakova, Mariya Abakumova and Christina Obergfoll.
However, following years of suspicion surrounding the legitimacy of Abakumova’s performance, subsequent re-testing of samples in 2016 proved that the silver medallist had taken the anabolic steroid turinabol, and after an appeal she was stripped of her prize.
And now – 11 years later – justice will be done as the now-retired Sayers is to be awarded her bronze medal in front of a home crowd at the London Stadium-hosted Muller Anniversary Games on Saturday.
“I am thrilled to be receiving my medal in front of a home crowd in such an iconic stadium,” said the ex-Fairstead House School and King’s Ely School pupil, whose mum Liz is a former editor of the Journal.
“It means so much to me to be able to share this special moment in front of friends, family, coaches and teachers who all supported me for so many years during my career.
“I would love to have as many people in the stadium to share this amazing moment with me.”
Meanwhile, UK Athletics interim chief executive Nigel Holl added: “It has been a long time in coming and undoubtedly she lost the opportunity to celebrate her success as she should have done on that night in Beijing.
“However, to receive her medal amongst fellow British athletes past and present in front of her Team GB colleagues and friends will, I’m sure, make the occasion special for her.”
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