Sotherton set for second Beijing Olympic medal upgrade

Kelly Sotherton is set to be upgraded to her second Olympic bronze medal in the past five months.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 25th April 2017, 9:58 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:12 pm
Kelly Sotherton. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire
Kelly Sotherton. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

The Isle Of Wight-born athlete originally finished fifth in the heptathlon at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have now disqualified Russian Tatyana Chernova for testing positive for a steroid.

Sotherton climbed to third after Ukraine’s Lyudmila Blonska also received a doping ban by the IOC.

The 2004 Commonwealth Games gold medal winner has already been upgraded to a bronze in the 4x400 metres relay in Beijing after the belated disqualification of the Belarus and Russia teams.