Doha- The Qatar Olympic Committee President H.E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani presented the Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim with his upgraded silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on the sidelines of Ooredoo Doha Meeting on Friday.
Barshim's bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics has been upgraded to silver after the IOC approved reallocating some results from those games because of doping cases last November.
At the London Olympics, Barshim, who also tied for gold at the Tokyo Olympics in August, won the bronze medal with a jump of 2.29m, finishing in a three-way tie for third place with Derek Drouin from Canada and Robert Grabarz from the UK. The silver had gone to American Erik Kynard and gold to Russian Ivan Ukhov, who was proven years later to have taken part in the Russian state-backed steroid doping programme.
Kynard got the gold from Ukhov, who was banned for four years in 2019 at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He went back to the same court last year for an appeal hearing but failed to overturn the ruling.
The International Olympic Committee executive board last years reallocated the medals and final results for five events from the London Olympics, including men’s and women's high jump.