12:32 Jun. 17, 2016
During the gold medal presentation, new champion Jared Tallent called for ban of Russian athletes from the next Olympic Games over doping
Russian race walker Sergey Kirdyapkin has been stripped of his Olympic Gold medal achieved in London in 2012. His victory in the Men's 50 kilometre walk was cancelled for anti-doping rule violation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in March, 2016.
"I believe if the Russian track and field team is there it will hurt the credibility of the Games. I would be very, very angry and more athletes would be robbed of medals again", the new Olympic champion, Australia's Jared Tallent said in his speech, according to News.com.au
More than 500 people turned out at the Treasury Building despite the constant rain for the official ceremony where it was handed over to Tallent by IOC vice-president John Coates.
"This is a clear message (to the IAAF), this day was amazing but this day should have happened in London 1405 days ago that's when I should have received the gold medal," Tallent said.
The IAAF are meeting in Europe early Saturday morning to decide whether to rule Russia out of the Rio Olympics because of continued concerns over its widespread doping.
"I believe if the Russian track and field team is there it will hurt the credibility of the Games. I hope they (the IAAF) make the right decision, I hope they make the correct decision", Tallent stated.