Cana­dian weightlifter Chris­tine Gi­rard re­ceives gold, bronze medals

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Cana­dian weightlifter Chris­tine Gi­rard re­ceived her Lon­don 2012 Olympic gold and Bei­jing 2008 Olympic bronze medals in a cer­e­mony held to­day at the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre in Ot­tawa.

Gi­rard, from Rouyn-no­randa, Que., is the first Olympic cham­pion in Cana­dian weightlift­ing his­tory and the first Cana­dian ever to win two Olympic medals in the sport.

She was ini­tially awarded the bronze medal at Lon­don 2012 in the 63-kilo­gram event, but was up­graded to gold af­ter the two ath­letes ahead of her, Maiya Maneza of Kaza­khstan and Svet­lana Tsarukaeva of Rus­sia, had their medals stripped af­ter a retest of their urine sam­ples tested pos­i­tive for a banned sub­stance.

She was later awarded the bronze medal from Bei­jing 2008 af­ter Irina Nekrassova of Kaza­khstan was stripped of her sil­ver medal for test­ing pos­i­tive for banned sub­stances. Gi­rard had ini­tially placed fourth in the event. Gi­rard joins Dy­lan Arm­strong (ath­let­ics, Bei­jing 2008) and Beckie Scott (cross-coun­try ski­ing, Salt Lake City 2002) as Cana­dian Olympians to re­ceive medal re­al­lo­ca­tions due to dop­ing vi­o­la­tions.

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