Dylan Armstrong, the 33-year-old Kamloops, B.C., native, will be awarded the bronze medal in men’s shot put from the 2010 World Indoor Championships on Thursday evening at the 2014 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic by Rob Guy, the President of Athletics Canada.
This recognition to Canada’s greatest ever shot putter is a result of the International Association of Athletics Federation annulment the results of Belarusian Andrei Mikhnevich dating back to August 2005 after re-testing a selection of doping samples collected at the 2005 World Championships. Mikhnevich is now banned for life by the IAAF.
Dylan’s performance in Doha, Qatar of 21.39m is now moved to the 3rd position and the bronze medal.
“They’ve obviously done the right thing. I feel grateful to the IAAF that they’ve gone back and re-tested and taken the appropriate steps to resolve this case,” said Armstrong.
The IAAF decision has paved the way for the IOC to take action on the annulment of Mikhnevich’s 3rd place performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This would move Dylan to the bronze medal, the first by a Canadian shot putter in Olympic history.
This official ceremony by the IAAF’s national governing body, Athletics Canada at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic is appropriate as Dylan Armstrong considers Swangard Stadium to be his second home. Dylan holds the meet record of 21.31m and the Canadian record of 22.21m. Dylan’s 2014 season has been hampered by an injury and is unable to compete this year.
His career to date has been outstanding. He is the 2007 and 2011 Pan American champion and the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion. Dylan has the Canadian, Commonwealth and Pan-American records. The Kamloops native is a three time world championship medalist; 2010 indoor bronze in Doha, Qatar, 2011 outdoor silver in Daegu, Korea and 2013 outdoor bronze in Moscow. He is the pending Olympic bronze medalist at the 2008, Beijing Olympics. In summation one of Canada’s greatest athletes!
Over 300 athletes from 23 nations will compete in the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic featuring the 60th Anniversary of the Miracle Mile presented by Northern Gateway on July 10 at Swangard Stadium.
Tickets are $25 finish line and $10 general admission and are available at www.harryjerome.com