Following the retrospective doping ban of a number of Russian race walkers, Jared Tallent has been presented with his two upgraded world championships medals from the IAAF here at the World Championships in Doha.
He has moved from bronze to silver in both the 50km Race Walks at the 2011 Daegu World Championships and 2013 Moscow World Championships.
Speaking straight after his presentation in Doha at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, Jared said:
“It’s nice to receive medals for events that I should have received those medals for. To have the ceremony here at the World Championships, it would have been nice to been here competing, so it’s nice to be receiving medals from championships gone by and it sort of makes up for the medal moments I would have had at those championships.
“I still want to go to Tokyo and be a medal hope, so it’s building towards that. My fitness is getting better and I think my hamstring injuries are behind me, so I’m looking forward to the National Champs in December. Hopefully I can get an Olympic qualifier there and have one last shot at getting on the podium.” Tallent said.
In 2011 Jared was third across the line behind Sergey Bakulin (Russia) and Denis Nizhegorodov (Russia) in a time of 3:43.36. With the disqualification of Bakulin, Nizhegorodov takes the gold and Jared the silver. In Moscow in 2013, Jared was again third, but with the disqualification of silver medallist Mikhail Ryzhov, Jared moves up to silver.
These silver medals are the latest in a line of upgrades for Tallent, who was also recently upgraded to gold after receiving silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
His medal haul is now:
Olympics – 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
World Championships – 3 silver medals