Jelimo finally receives her 2012 Olympic Games medal after suspension of Savinova
2008 Olympic games gold medalist Pamela Jelimo has been awarded her 2012 Olympic Bronze Medal following the suspension of race winner Russia’s Mariya Savinova and compatriot Elena Azarkhova .
On November 9, 2015, the Independent Commission Investigation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) asked for a lifetime ban for doping for Savinova, who had won gold.
Jelimo finished fourth during the race and now moves to the third position enabling her clinch her second Olympic medal after record setting feats at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“My children can now watch me receive the bronze medal, 10 years later. This is like a dream; I initially didn’t believe it when I heard the good news. It’s truly a dream of every athlete to win a medal in the Olympics and I’m honored to have my parents accompany me and share this joy.” She said.
Jelimo then aged 18 became the first Kenyan woman athlete to win an Olympic gold.
Former 800m world champion Janeth Jepkosgei who finished 9th during the 2012 london games now moves to 8th.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya and another Russian Ekaterina Poistgova have been scaled up to gold and silver respectively. Semenya and Poistgova had finished second and third respectively.