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Armstrong to receive his Olympic medal this weekend

Dylan Armstrong at the 2012 London Olympics.
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February 11, 2015 - 3:45 PM

KAMLOOPS - Nearly six months after being told he would in fact receive an Olympic medal for his 2008 shot put performance in Beijing and just a month after he turns 34, Dylan Armstrong will finally receive his bronze medal.

In July 2013 it was announced the third place finisher Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus was banned for life based on a doping sample from 2005. This resulted in Armstrong being awarded the bronze medal from the 2010 World Indoor Championships.

It took a year for the International Olympic Committee to announce that Armstrong would be receiving the bronze medal for his performance in the 2008 Olympics, where he finished behind Mikhnevich by only a centimetre.

Armstrong finished in the top-five in the 2012 London Olympic Games, captured silver in the 2011 World Championships and earned a bronze in the 2013 World Championships. He also received gold at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games. In 2011 he set a Canadian outdoor shot put record of 22.21 metres.

On Feb. 15 he will finally be awarded his 2008 Olympic medal at the Tournament Capital Centre. Women's ice hockey player and five-time Olympic medallist Hayley Wickenheiser will be presenting the medal to Armstrong. The public is welcome to attend. The ceremony begins at 12:45 p.m. and a dinner will be held in the evening as well.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated on Jan. 14, 2015 with additional details about the ceremony.

— This story was updated on Feb. 11, 2015.

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