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Kara Goucher receives silver medal from 2007 worlds one decade later

The American receives the silver medal from the 2007 IAAF World Championships, a decade later, after an athlete was stripped of her results

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A decade later, Kara Goucher received the silver medal in the women’s 10,000m from Osaka, Japan.

At a medal ceremony in London during this year’s World Championships, Goucher was handed silver from the 2007 IAAF World Championships in what the IAAF called “medal reallocations.” She finished third and moves up a spot as the second-place finisher at the time, Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse, was stripped of 2007-2009 results for using a banned substance, discovered in a retest.

Britain’s Jo Pavey and Jessica Ennis-Hill were also part of the ceremony. Ennis-Hill received gold from the 2011 IAAF World Championships and Pavey received a bronze, her first-ever medal at the event, for the 10,000m from Japan after originally placing fourth, one spot behind Goucher.

The American, who was ranked 25th entering the 2007 10,000m in which she won silver, wrote about being notified that she would be receiving a medal upgrade for Oiselle. In the piece, she wrote, “I think about the money I’ve lost out on – prize money and bonuses that day, appearance fees for years afterwards. But the real tragedy is that I never believed I could be the best in the world. I felt so lucky to have won that bronze and I hoped for another opportunity to “sneak in” and nab it again. Had I finished second, with only one person standing between me and a world championship, I think I would have believed in myself more. Maybe even truly believed I was one of the best.” See the full must-read post here.



The 39-year-old two-time Olympian continues to compete at an elite level, more so on the roads than on the track.