Tallent to receive London gold after Kirdyapkin was stripped of medal


Australian walker Jared Tallent will finally receive his Olympic gold next month after Sergey Kirdyapkin was stripped of the London 2012 medal earlier this year following a failed drugs test.

After finishing second to disgraced Russian Kirdyapkin in the 50 kilometre walk event in London four years ago, Tallent will collect the gold medal at a ceremony in Melbourne on June 17.

Tallent, 31, had been set to receive the prestigious award since March, when Kirdyapkin was officially dethroned due to doping offences.

"I've spoken to Jared and he has decided that he would like to have the ceremony on the treasury steps in Melbourne," Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said at Saturday's annual general meeting.

"From Ballarat, it will give Jared the opportunity to share the moment with his family and friends, many of whom were present at the London 2012 Games.

"It will be full International Olympic Committee protocol and we will make it very special for him."

Tallent will now defend his world title at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which begins on August 5.