Watch Jared Tallent rehearsing to receive belated Olympic gold medal


Australian athlete Jared Tallent will be getting a gold medal four years after he came second in the 50km walk in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The long-distance race walker who originally claimed first place - Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin - had his win disqualified for doping violations after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) appeal.

Given the four-year delay, Tallent is extremely keen to prevent any other hiccups from occurring - so much so that he has staged a rehearsal.

Australia's Jared Tallent walks past Buckingham Palace as he competes in the men's 50-kilometer race walk, at the 2012 Summer Olympics (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/PA)

It looks like it went smoothly enough...

Kirdyapkin was one of six athletes whose punishment imposed by Russia's anti-doping agency was converted into a more telling results disqualification when the CAS upheld an IAAF appeal.

Tallent found out in March that he could expect to be named as the champion, proclaiming "History has been rewritten".

It was also good news for Ireland, whose long-distance race walker Rob Heffernan was bumped up to third place after the decision.

Now Russia's Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy is urging the IAAF to reconsider the current ban on Russia's
athletics team so it can compete at the Rio Olympics.

A decision on whether to lift the suspension will be announced on June 17.