Shalane Flanagan will soon be the official 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters, after Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse was handed a retroactive doping ban and stripped of her results from August 2007 to 2009. The International Association of Athletics Federations made the announcement about Abeylegesse on Wednesday.
An Abeylegesse sample that was collected at the 2007 World Championships was retested and found to contain a banned steroid. Abeylegesse was initially the 10K silver medalist at that meet as well as the following year’s Olympics. Shalane was initially the bronze medalist at the 2008 Games in a then-American record (and still personal record) of 30:22.22.
After the IAAF announcement on Wednesday, Shalane said that she was elated by the news. The IAAF has told KIMbia that they’ve officially amended the 2008 Olympic results. The next step is for the International Olympic Committee to reallocate the medals.