Athletics: After seven years, Indian men’s team awarded bronze through upgrade

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After the Indian men’s team had finished 4th in the IAAF World Race Walking Cup back in 2012 at Saransk, they have now been awarded the bronze by upgrade after the Ukrainian race walker Ruslan Dmytrenko was disqualified for doping.

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Indian team of K.T. Irfan, Babubhai Panucha and Surinder Singh narrowly missed a chance to finish with a medal at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Russia back in 2012 after finishing behind China, Ukraine and Australia.

But in a unexpected turn of events their fourth place finish was upgraded on Friday following the disqualification of a member of the second-placed Ukrainian team for dope violation.

Ukrainian race walker Ruslan Dmytrenko was disqualified after his biological passport analysis had revealed that he had violated doping regulations.

After deducting the necessary points from Ukraine’s tally following Dmytrenko’s result, India and Ukraine were tied on points. But India had a higher position finish of the last walker that saw them get one place upgraded to take home the bronze.

“Men’s 20km Race Walking Team is elevated to Bronze Medal position after 7 years at IAAF Race Walking World Cup held at Saransk #Russia in 2012,” read the tweet from Athletics Federation of India.

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