Dylan Armstrong wins world championship bronze medal

Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong awarded bronze medal from 2010

Dylan Armstrong  photo by Brian Cliff

Dylan Armstrong  photo by Brian Cliff

JULY 10, 2014 08:34 PM

BURNABY, B.C. – Dylan Armstrong’s big day finally arrived Thursday as the Canadian shot putter was presented with a world indoor championship bronze medal from 2010.

Armstrong earned the medal, originally awarded to Andrei Mikhnevich, after the Belarusian athlete’s results were annulled for a second doping violation. Mikhnevich received a lifetime ban from his country’s federation for a second offence discovered last year in retests of an older sample.

“It’s wonderful that my coach (Anatoliy Bondarchuk) and I, friends, family and sponsors can finally celebrate this medal,” said Armstrong in an interview before the presentation at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic.

Armstrong had to wait more than a year to receive the hardware from the 2010 world indoors in Doha, Qatar after the International Association of Athletics Federations moved him from fourth place to third.

“It’s just nice that the IAAF made this happen and were really supportive of me getting it quick,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong, who calls himself a “patient guy,” said it was not that difficult to wait for his medal.

The 33-year-old Kamloops, B.C. native says he’s finding it more difficult to wait to recover from an elbow injury that has sidelined him most of this season and prevented him from competing in the Jerome, one of his favourite events.

“I’m waiting on some more (medical) consulting and (to) get a date and get it done,” he said. “Basically, I want to get this over with and get healthy so I can get ready for 2015 and then get ready for 2016.”

Rob Guy congratulates Dylan Armstrong               photo by Brian Cliff

Rob Guy congratulates Dylan Armstrong               photo by Brian Cliff

Armstrong is aiming to compete at the 2015 world outdoor championships in Beijing and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he hopes to improve on a disappointing fifth place finish at the 2012 London Games.

He expects to undergo surgery in Vancouver within a month to repair bone spurs that prevent him from extending his elbow as he makes his toss.

“I can’t get a real extension on it,” he said. “So I just have to get that done. It’s loaded with arthritis.”

Armstrong expects his post-surgery recovery to take five to seven weeks. The elbow has bothered him since 2012, but he was still able to compete at the London Games. He also competed in 2013 when he won a bronze medal at the world championships in Moscow.

He decided to shut down his season after limited throwing activity in the spring.

“I was kind of good until April and then it started acting up,” he said. “I (thought), I’m not going to push this because, at my age, I’m not getting any younger. But if I do want to have a good chance of getting on the podium in 2015 (and 2016), this is the year that I’ve got to take care of this (injury).”

While he can’t throw, he is still working on his aerobics by cycling, running and walking.

The hiatus will prevent him from competing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Scotland, but he says he is “OK” with missing them after claiming gold in the 2010 Commonwealths. He is optimistic the rest from competition will be good mentally and leave him feeling re-charged as he prepares for the 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics.

Even if Armstrong doesn’t qualify for Rio, he still has a chance to get an Olympic medal. Mikhnevich’s ban means Armstrong is in line for a possible bronze from the 2008 Games in Beijing, where he finished fourth.

But that’s still up to the International Olympic Committee, which has not yet decided to give him the medal. Armstrong said the Canadian Olympic Committee is still in the process of pressing his case with the IOC.

“There’s a process around it, and I’ve got to be patient,” he said.

Notes: The Jerome meet features rare men’s and women’s mile events as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Miracle Mile, when Britain’s Roger Bannister and Australia’s John Landy, who placed second, became the first men to run the distance under four minutes at the British Empire (now Commonwealth) Games in Vancouver. … Armstrong refused to touch the bronze medal during a live TV interview before the official presentation. “That’s bad luck,” he said.

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Chris Winter enters Vancouver Sun Jerome Indoor Games February 2nd at Richmond Olympic Oval

Chris Winter

Chris Winter


Chris Winter is running the 1500m at the Jerome Indoor Games on February 2nd at the Richmond Olympic Oval.  Although his specialty is the 3000m steeplechase, he is dropping down to the metric mile on the 5 lane indoor track.  His indoor personal best is 3:56.51 set in Toronto in 2010 would break the ROO track record. This is the 3rd annual indoor event honouring the Canadian icon, Harry Jerome, the Olympic medalist who held the world records for the 100m and 100 yards in the 1960’s.  Information on the event is at www.harryjerome.com This year will feature age group as well as open competition.


Chris Winter is a clear example of the quality of persistence and determination needed to approach full development as an endurance athlete. The Handsworth Secondary student graduated in 2004 with tremendous promise in his favoured event the 3000m steeplechase. At the Harry Jerome Classic that year as he recorded one of the fastest times amongst high school athletes in North America with his 8:54.94.  In 2003 he captured the bronze medal in the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He won a scholarship to the hot bed of track and field at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Chris Winter

Chris Winter

Although this athlete competed for Canada at the World Junior Championships teams in both cross country and track and field in 2004 and 2005, his improvement in the steeplechase was modest in the next two years as he reached senior competition. He had improved only 3 seconds over his high school time by 2007.

This is where the persistence and determination are needed to get to the next level. After winning the PAC-10 Championships and graduating from the University of Oregon, Chris moved to Guelph, Ontario, another hot bed for endurance runners at the Speed River Track Club.  That spring he lowered his time to 8:39.91.  His 2011 season has hampered by injury but 2012 was the culmination of a decade of dedication as he almost made the qualifying mark for the 2012 Olympics in London. Of his 10 best career times in the steeplechase, 8 were set last summer. His career best of 8:28.46 was set in Lucerne, Switzerland, just short of the Olympic A standard.

Chris Winter

Chris Winter


This fall, the sports marketing graduate has won the BC Cross Country Championships and qualified at the Canadian Cross Country Championships for the Canadian team competing at the NCAC and World Championships.

Further information on Chris Winter by Christopher Kelsall is here. http://athleticsillustrated.com/interviews/chris-winter-interview/http://athleticsillustrated.com/interviews/chris-winter-interview/