Egypt’s Abeer Abdelrahman receives silver medal from 2012 Olympics
Egypt’s Abeer Abdelrahman got her silver medal for the women’s 75kg weightlifting event at the 2012 London Games on Tuesday after the top three athletes were suspended.
Podium finishers Svetlana Podobedova (Kazakhstan), Natalia Zabolotnaya (Russia) and Iryna Kulesha (Belarus) were all suspended and stripped of their medals after failing doping tests.
As a result, Lidia Valentin of Spain, Egypt’s Abeer Abdulrahman and Cameroon’s Madias Nzesso were promoted to first, second and third place. Abeer had originally finished in fifth place, before she was upgraded to a silver medal five years later.
She’s also expecting a bronze medal for her performance in the 69 kg event of the 2008 Beijing Olympics after the gold and bronze medalists were also disqualified for doping.
This makes her the first Egyptian woman to win a medal at the Olympics. Her compatriot Sara Ahmed became the first Egyptian woman to receive a medal on stage at the Olympics when she won the bronze medal in the 69kg weightlifting event of the Rio Games.
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