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Athletics doping scandal 2015

I want the gold medal given to Russian drug cheat, says race walker Jared Tallent

Australian finished second in the 50km walk at the London Games behind Sergei Kirdyapkin, who was later banned over doping ... but the suspension was not backdated to include the 2012 Olympics

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 November, 2015, 1:16am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 November, 2015, 8:37am

Australian race walker Jared Tallent, an Olympic silver medallist behind a drug cheat, has reiterated his demand for a gold medal in the wake of an explosive report into systemic doping in Russian athletics.

Tallent finished second in the 50km walk at London 2012 behind Russian Sergei Kirdyapkin, who was found guilty of doping earlier this year and handed a three-year, two-month suspension by Russia's anti-doping agency.

The allegations are absolutely shocking to find out the man who beat me in London, Sergei Kirdyapkin, probably should have been banned as early as 2011 but the IAAF held off from banning him until after the Olympic Games in London
Australian race walker Jared Tallent

The ban was backdated to October 2012, shortly after the Games concluded.

"The allegations are absolutely shocking to find out the man who beat me in London, Sergei Kirdyapkin, probably should have been banned as early as 2011 but the IAAF held off from banning him until after the Olympic Games in London," he said in Canberra on Tuesday.

"So, effectively letting him race even though they knew he was a dope cheat and then he went on and beat me for the gold medal.

"It's pretty devastating. It makes you very angry just to know that your international federation, the sporting body that should be protecting clean athletes, was looking after the dope cheats."

Athletics Australia boss Phil Jones backed Wada's call to ban Russia from international athletics and next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Jones said in Melbourne that he hoped Tallent's performances would be "properly recognised" in the wake of the report.

Tallent said he felt more questions needed to be asked of the IAAF, including new IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who was vice-president under former chief Lamine Diack for a number of years. Diack and other senior officials are embroiled in a fraud investigation.