Olympian cheated out of gold medals doubtful of renewed push for justice
The world governing body of swimming wants the IOC to take medals off proven cheats and retrospectively award them to the rightful winners.
The FINA boss’ comments have provided hope to Australian swimmers, and athletes of other disciplines to follow suit.
Former Olympic sprinter Raelene Boyle was robbed of two gold medals by East German drug cheats at the 1972 Olympics, but expressed doubt this new effort would yield much success for her.
“If the IOC can’t recognise that all the documentation is in the Stasi museum, and all of the names of the athletes will be collectable from their files … then I don’t know whether anyone’s going to get it recognised or not,” she told Jim Wilson.
“But, it would be bloody nice if they did.”
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Australian Olympic walker Jared Tallent, who came second to cheater Sergei Kirdyapkin in the 50km at the 2012 London Olympics, received his deserved gold after the court of arbitration for sport ruled against Russian authorities.
Tallent told Bill Woods he hopes his predecessors can now also be vindicated.
“I always think of myself as someone who was very lucky, and just in a time and age when there’s so many technological advancements in anti-doping.
“This is some fantastic news, and it’s really heartwarming to see.”
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