Vietnamese weightlifter promoted to 2012 Olympic bronze medal

Friday, 2020-11-27 10:53:32
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Vietnamese weightlifter Tran Le Quoc Toan has been promoted to the men's 56kg bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
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NDO – Vietnamese weightlifter Tran Le Quoc Toan has been promoted to the men’s 56kg bronze medal after Azerbaijan’s Valentin Hristov was stripped of his third-place finish for doping.

According to the Olympic website, following a virtual meeting on November 25, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to deprive some cyclists and weightlifters of their 2012 Olympic medals.

In the men’s 56kg finals, Tran Le Quoc Toan produced a total lift of 284kg, finishing in fourth place overall with 2kg less than that of Valentin Hristov. Meanwhile, the gold and silver medallists were Om Yun-choi (DPR Korea) and Wu Jingbiao (China), respectively.

Azerbaijan’s Valentin Hristov has been stripped of his 2012 Olympic bronze medal for doping.

However, Valentin Hristov then tested positive for oral turinabol, a banned substance, during a reanalysis of samples from the London Olympics. In early 2020, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) imposed a ban on five weightlifters who were found positive for doping at the London 2012, including Valentin Hristov.

As a result of Hristov having been disqualified, the men’s 56kg bronze was awarded to Vietnamese lifter Tran Le Quoc Toan.