Cork Athlete hoping for London 2012 bronze medal

Cork athlete Rob Heffernan is hoping that he will be awarded a bronze medal from the London Olympics in 2012 amid the Russian doping scandal.

Cork Athlete hoping for London 2012 bronze medal
11 August 2012; Ireland’s Robert Heffernan competes in the men’s 50km race walk.  Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

He competed in the Men’s 50km walk, and came fourth, while the winner Sergey Kirdyapkin won the gold medal in an Olympic record-breaking time.

Kirdyapkin is one of a number of Russian athletes who have since been investigated for doping violations.

He is expected to be stripped of his medal, having been retrospectively suspended for other times between 2009 and 2012. If so, Heffernan upgraded to a bronze medal.

A commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released a report on Monday claiming that London 2012 was ‘sabotaged’ by the presence of Russian athletes with suspicious doping profiles. The WADA report also called on the IAAF to suspend Russia from competition.

Heffernan tweeted this afternoon saying: “official news of my Olympic bronze could be on the way #mixedemotions.”

His Twitter profile now describes him as: “World Champion, European medalist, Olympic medalist in waiting”.


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