Tallent to finally prevail
IT ONLY took 1320 days, but, as Jared Tallent put it, "justice has been served".
After enduring almost four years of knowing he had been beaten by a cheat, the Aussie walker will become our newest Olympic champion - our eighth gold medallist from the 2012 London Games.
It stems from a decision by those lovely people at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland - though Essendon players/fans may not think so - to uphold an appeal by the International Association of Athletics Federations against Russia's 'selective' disqualification of six of its athletes.
Of course, among them was Sergey Kirdyapkin, who had been allowed to keep the gold he had won in the men's 50km in London, despite numerous other results being stricken from his record since 2009 due to doping violations.
The IAAF was having none of it, and neither, as it turned out, was the CAS, so ... to the clean go the spoils, and Tallent couldn't have been happier.
"It's been a mission of mine for a number of years now to get the gold medal from London. I knew as soon as I crossed that line I was beaten by a cheat," Tallent told reporters yesterday.
TALLENT gets the medal and title, but has still been denied the bells and whistles that comes with victory on the day.
He looks forward to the Australian Olympic Committee presenting the medal at a "special", "meaningful" ceremony "somewhere here in Australia, in front of family and friends".
But he did admit it was a bit of a "hollow" feeling not getting to stand atop the podium at the actual Games, while the Aussie flag goes up and the national anthem is played.
He will look to rectify that later this year in Brazil.
"I'm actually heading overseas tomorrow for a training camp to get ready for Rio. It's going to make me more motivated and determined this year, to be defending Olympic champion ... and cross the line first and get gold medal on the day."
He deserves that moment too.
FOR Australia, it means our mediocre performance in London will look a little better. We were in the top 10 already, but will move up to No.8 above Italy and Hungary, with eight gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze.
Let's not forget Ireland's Robert Heffernan, who will also be rejoicing at the decision. He finished fourth in that 50km walk, but now gets his first Olympic medal, with China's Si Tianfend moving up to silver. Or Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi, who will claim gold in the women's 3000m steeplechase, with 2012 winner, Yuliya Zaripova, among those six disgraced Russians.