JAMAICA’S WOMEN’S 4X400 RELAY UPGRADE TO SILVER MEDAL
Written by IrieJam Radio on February 3, 2017
Jamaica’s 4x400m women’s relay team from the 2012 London Olympics is set to have their medals upgraded from bronze to silver.
Team Jamaica will benefit because Russia was disqualified, after one of its members tested positive for a banned substance.
Yesterday the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced that retesting of Russian runner Antonina Krivoshapka’s samples tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol.
In the 4x400m relay event, the U.S. won gold, followed by Russia for silver and Jamaica – who clocked a season-best, took bronze. With Russia’s disqualification, Jamaica will move into 2nd for silver and Ukraine – who finished 4th, will be awarded the bronze medal.
Team Jamaica’s 2012 London Olympics 4x400m women’s relay team consisted of Christine Day, Rosemarie Whyte, Shericka Williams and Novlene Williams-Mills.
The International Olympic Committee began retesting athlete samples after receiving new equipment that can trace banned substances better than previous methods.
For Russia, Krivoshapka was also disqualified from her 6th place finish in the individual 400m, and its women’s 4×400 team from the 2008 Beijing Olympics had their silver medals revoked.
For Jamaica, last week its men’s 4x100m relay team – which included Usain Bolt, lost their medals after teammate Nesta Carter was disqualified for a banned substance.