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Canadian shot putter upgraded to 2008 Olympic bronze

February 12, 2015

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong will receive an Olympic bronze medal that was stripped from a Belarusian athlete for doping at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Six-and-a-half years to the day after just missing the podium, Armstrong will get the medal Sunday in his hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia.

Armstrong finished fourth in 2008, just a centimeter behind bronze medalist Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus. That fourth-place finish was upgraded to third last August after Mikhnevich was banned for life for a second doping offense.

Armstrong becomes the first Canadian shot putter to win an Olympic medal.

Star women’s ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser — a member of the IOC athletes’ commission — will present the medal.

Armstrong’s medal increases Canada’s overall total in Beijing to 19 — three gold, nine silver and seven bronze — and moves the country from 14th to 13th in the standings.

It’s the second belated medal Armstrong has been awarded because of Mikhnevich’s liftetime ban. He already has the bronze from the 2010 world championship.

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