On Monday, Kelly Sotherton was on the brink of getting another Olympic medal due to Tatyana Chernova’s drugs cheat.
Chernova, who had been already deprived of her 2011 world title as well as London 2012 bronze medal for being caught doping, faced another accusation of taking the forbidden substance dubbed dehydrochloromethyltestosterone at the Beijing Games.
Therefore, Sotherton got a unique chance to become a back-to-back Olympic heptathlon medal holder nearly nine years after following up her fifth place with bronze, which upgraded just a week later to fourth when Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Blonska was caught doping.
Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Sotherton, Marilyn Okoro as well as Nicola Sanders had initially finished fifth, though the previous year both Belarus and Russia were disqualified during the reanalysis of frozen urine as well as blood samples by the International Olympic Committee.
On Twitter the 40-year-old athlete posted that she could be a Double Olympic medalist, and she’s facing a storm of emotions.