: Russia stripped of 2012 Olympic gold, Australia is new champion

12:32 Jun. 17, 2016

Russia stripped of 2012 Olympic gold, Australia is new champion

Australian athlete Jared Tallent receives his Olympic gold medal at the Old Treasury Building on June 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia (GettyImages Photo)

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.

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"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.

Read also: Reuters: Maria Sharapova banned from tennis for two years over doping violation

"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.

Read also: Russian athletes could be banned from participating in the 2016 Rio Games

"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. 

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