Irish athlete to receive her first European medal – 4 years after competing
Roisin McGettigan came fourth in the 2009 European Indoor 1500m race in Turin behind Anna Alminova (Russia) – 4:07.76, Natalia Rodriguez (Spain) – 4:08.72 and Sonja Roman (Slovenia) – 4:11.42. Roisin crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 4:11.58.
However, in a turn of events, Russia’s Anna Alminova has become the latest athlete to be banned retrospectively for a doping offence. The IAAF – the governing body of world athletics – has announced that Alminova is to be stripped of all performances from February 2009, as well as being handed a 30-month suspension, due to irregularities in her biological passport.
This means that Roisin will now be awarded her bronze medal.
Here is the official line from European Athletics in Lausanne, Switzerland on what happens now:
“European Athletics received in the last couple of days a sanction memo regarding the gold medallist for the 1500m in Torino 2009 European indoors.
Standard procedure in these matters is that European Athletics will inform our official statistician who will change the official results and medal placings, and then we will inform the concerned federations regards the medals that need to be changed, and in due course the bronze medal would be sent to the Irish federation to be presented to Roisin McGettigan. But this will only happen after we receive the correct medals back. This can be time-consuming so we cannot put a time on when this will happen.”
Ray spoke to Roisin this morning. Listen back here: