Australian Olympic race walker Jared Tallent staged a gold medal ceremony of his own. This was after it was made public that the two track and field athletes who finished ahead of him during his third-place finish at the 2011 World Championships were among those involved in the state-sponsored Russian doping scandal.

Tallent will get the medal at a ceremony in Melbourne in June but put in some practice with a couple of friends in a video posted online. In the video, Tallent stands up on the mock podium and waves in traditional Olympic style before someone comes forward to shake his hand and put a medal around his neck.

Tallent finished the 50 kilometer walk in 3:43:36 at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu to grab the bronze medal behind the Russian duo of Sergey Bakulin and Denis Nizhegorodov. Sergey Bakulin, was banned for doping last year by Russian authorities and his result of Daegu was disqualified by CAS in its March ruling. Runner-up Denis Nizhegorodov, who won the 50km bronze at Beijing, is now named by a Russian news agency as one of the athletes who failed retrospective drug tests from the 2008 Beijing Games. Last week, the International Olympic Committee said 31 athletes had failed drug tests from the 2008 Games after samples were re-examined.

Tallent was confirmed as the London Games’ 50 km walk gold medalist in March after Sergey Kirdyapkin of Russia was stripped of the title for doping following a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said he will pick up the gold medal from his Russian counterpart soon and present it to Jared Tallent with full Olympic protocol in Melbourne on June 17. Collingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire remarked Tallent should receive his gold medal at the MCG and this could possibly be during the Pies’ Queen’s Birthday game against Melbourne on June 13. McGuire said Jared receiving his medal before a full MCG or Olympic Park stadium would be very fitting and added they should do that and then give him another ceremonial presentation in the Olympic stadium at Rio. Tallent remarked he would be honored to receive his medal at the iconic “G”; Tallent won a bronze medal in the 20km walk at the 2006 Commonwealth Games at the same place.

The Australian race walker, a three-time Olympic medalist and three-time World Championship medalist, became the first Australian to win two athletic medals in the same Olympics since 1972. Tallent took home gold in the 20 km walk at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Jared married Claire Tallent, a fellow Race Walker in 2008, and won his third World Championships medal with silver in the 50 km walk at the World Championships of Athletics in Beijing in 2015. Claire represented Australia at the Olympic Games and World Championships in Athletics. She claimed the silver medal behind England’s Johanna Jackson at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. She took the women’s title while her husband won on the men’s side at the Australian 20 km walk championships.

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