Weightlifter Christine Gi­rard in line for Olympic gold

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Christine Gi­rard ap­pears poised to be­come Canada’s first Olympic gold medal­list in weightlift­ing, but she may have to wait years to cel­e­brate the his­toric achieve­ment.

Gi­rard learned Wednes­day that her bronze medal from the Lon­don Olympics may be up­graded to gold af­ter the two women who fin­ished ahead of her were nabbed in dop­ing retests.

“It’s pretty amaz­ing,” Gi­rard told The Cana­dian Press in a phone in­ter­view. “It’s bit­ter­sweet. I would have re­ally liked to have had the proper cer­e­mony, have our flag and hear that song that makes us cry on the podium, but at the same time I’m happy that it got cleared up.”

The In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion an­nounced Wednes­day that sam­ples of 11 weightlifters from the 2012 Games showed pos­i­tive re­sults.

Sil­ver medal­list Svet­lana Tsarukaeva of Rus­sia and gold medal­list Maiya Maneza of Kaza­khstan have been pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended but it will likely take months, or even years, for the Olympic medals to be re­dis­tributed.

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